The Many Kinds of Kinds

on January 1, 2016


Have you ever seen a liger? A zonkey? A pizzly bear? They seem like mixed-up animals, strange combinations of lion-tiger, zebra-donkey, and polar-grizzly bear.

But they aren’t really scrambled at all. When God made animals on Days 5 and 6 of Creation Week, He made the original “kinds,” not all the variety of animals that would be born. There weren’t lions or donkeys (at least, not exactly like today). Instead, He made all the animal “kinds,” that today’s cats, horses, and bears have come from.


So, God didn’t necessarily make both lions and tigers at the same time. He made the cat kind. From that original kind came all the cats that we find today, such as jaguars, cheetahs, and house cats.

God gave each original created kind a huge potential for amazing variety. That’s why their offspring have so many different sizes, colors, and cool features. Some can still mate and produce young. For example, a male lion and a female tiger can produce "ligers."

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