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Ever seen a picture of a platypus?

Strand creature these things are

They live on the east coast of Australia

The bizarre appearance of this mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud

First off it is a mammal ¡V that lays eggs

It has a beaver like tail, a bill that looks like a duck

Its feet are like an otter, webbed for swimming

And it is venomous

It is one of the few venomous mammals

The male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans

It is indeed an amazing creature

I think these are proof of God having a sense of humor

They are funny looking

And indeed part of the mighty works He has made

How about a cheetah?

The smallest of the big cats, it has amazing speed and stealth, while lacking climbing skills

It is the fastest land animal reaching speeds between 70 and 75 mph in short bursts covering distances up to 500 yards.

The cheetah can accelerate from 0-68 mph in 3 seconds

Faster than most sports cars

That¡¦s fast, and our God created the cheetah

One of my favorite animals is the elephant

These massive creatures are a sight to see

The largest elephant ever recorded was shot in Angola in 1956

This male weighed about 26,000 lb with a shoulder height of 13.8 ft

And these massive beasts are not dumb giants

With their large 11 lb brains they display a wide variety of behaviors

Including grief, making music, art, play, use of tools, compassion, and self-awareness

All evidence of a high intelligence level

These mammals are very interesting and again created by our God

All these animals and the thousands more are all part of the works Thy hands have made