Up2Date IV (Instinct)


“When Billy and I flew into India, just recently, they had a piece of paper. It’s a bilingual country. And said, “The earthquakes must be over. The birds are returning back.”
Now, India, they don’t have these fine woven fences like we have. They pick up rocks and make their fences, and build their houses, and most of them. And for a day or two, all the little birds that lived in these rocks flew away, and went out. They wouldn’t come back to the rocks, back to their nest. And then what happened? All the cattle that used to come in the–in the evening, when the sun would be hot, and they’d stand in the shadow of these walls, to keep cool; the sheep; they wouldn’t do it. They got right out in the middle of the field and stood against one another.
They thought, “That’s strange. What’s happened to them?”
And then, all at once, an earthquake swept the country. All the walls fell down. And then it was down for two or three days, the earthquakes. Then, all at once, what was left standing up, the little birds begin to come in again, come back. They said, “The earthquakes must be over.”
Don’t you see, friends? The same God in the days of Noah, who could take the birds and the animals, and put them in the ark of safety, away from destruction, that same God still can warn the bird. And the bird only has instinct to go by. If the bird, by instinct, God warning him to get away from the big, falling walls, surely, that by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that we can get away from these big old walls that’s being traditions that’s built around us, and get out there, if we have to stand, one against the other, and keep in the shadow of the Bible.”

The following are excerpts from an article we found on the Discovery News web-site:

The Smithsonian National Zoo put out a comprehensive list of how animals at the zoo reacted to Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia. Here’s a look at how they responded…”

Great Apes
* The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time.
* About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
*  About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
* Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.

Small Mammals
* The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.

Bird House
* The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake.

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