September 19, 2011: Animal Forecasters

~ by Mary Galvano

About three seconds before the ground started to shake on August 23rd 2011 a gorilla named Mandara gave a yell, gathered up her baby, Kibibi, and then climbed a tree at the National Zoo in Washtington D.C. Was this just simply gorilla behavior, or was it her sixth sense saying that an earthquake was about to occur?

Red ruffed lemurs began “alarm calling” a full 15 minutes before the quake hit. Zookeepers said Iris the Orangutan started ‘belch vocalising’ before the earthquake started, and did not stop until it was over, while a 64-strong flock of flamingos huddled together ahead of humans noticing anything was wrong.The rheas got excited. And the hooded mergansers dashed for the safety of the water.

Animals know first. These were just a few of the many first warnings given by the animals in zoos all along the East Coast! Well before any humans ducked beneath desks or sought shelter in doorways.

No fancy equipment or high-tech computers can predict the forecast as animals do. Hmmm…maybe we should go to the animals for our next forecast, they just might have a better prediction. The forecast of the weather is important as it can help save lives. However, the most important forecast we need to stay alert to is the “signs of the times.”

Jesus said, “When it is evening, you say, ‘it will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘there will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:2

We do not need to seek after signs; God already gives them to us. Discern and keep watch for the day will come when the Son of Man will return. Walk in the light of Christ, and that is the best forecaster we could have.


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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