Interesting Animal Facts
By Connie Arnold
As part of the blog tour for Olive and the Great Flood, a new children’s picture book published by
Guardian Angel Publishing, which is about the dove who was sent out from Noah’s Ark, here are some facts and theories about how all those animals could have fit. Some of the information comes from christiananswers.net
According to Biblical accounts, the ark must have been at least 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Total floor space would have been over 100,000 square feet. The total cubic volume would equal that of about what 569 railroad cars would hold. That is definitely huge!
How many animals could have fit on the ark? Remember that there were two of each kind, male and female. Only air breathing animals would need to be included, because fish and other sea creatures, including aquatic mammals and reptiles, probably had no problem surviving when the earth was covered with water. So maybe less than 50,000 animals (at that time) actually had to be on the ark. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? But ample room could be found to accommodate them given the size of the ark. Most of them would not have been large and could have been young ones, not fully grown.
The problem of caring for the animals and feeding them seems a large one, but one theory is that they went into a sort of hibernation state and didn’t need much food or care. This is where Olive has a big part! Her peaceful songs and coos help the animals feel calm and go to sleep in Olive and the Great Flood.
The schedule for the tour can be found at Connie’s blog. Please visit as many of the blogs as you can for more interesting posts, reviews, video and interviews. Be sure to comment to receive entry to prize drawing for two prizes - Connie’s first children’s book, Animal Sound Mix-up, or a 24K Gold Plated Wind Chime Sun Catcher Dove.