Marsupials are a type of mammals that give birth to partially developed young who then climb from the mother’s womb to a protective pouch.  Inside the pouch, the blind little developing blob of flesh attaches itself to one of the mother’s nipples and remains attached for as long as it takes to grow and develop into a young replica of the parents.

According to evolutionists, all marsupials evolved from one common ancestor.  If they are correct, then we have a real problem that makes no sense whatsoever.  In kangaroos, wallabies and opossums, the pouch opens forward or up.  In koalas, wombats and marsupial moles, the pouch opens backward or down.

If they all had a common ancestor, which way did the pouch first evolve, forward or backward?  And then how did it reverse itself in some, but not all?

Backwards facing pouches would not work well in kangaroos or opossums as their young would readily fall out.  Similarly, forward facing pouches would not work well for wombats and marsupial moles as they both dig extensively underground.  It wouldn’t take long for their pouches to fill up with dirt and suffocate the developing young.

But what about the koala with the backward facing pouch?  Wouldn’t the young fall out when the koala climbed up the eucalyptus trees to feed?  As it turns out, koalas have a strong sphincter muscle at the opening of their pouch that closes the pouch when climbing, sufficiently protecting the young koalas inside.

Beside the direction of the pouch being a problem for evolutionary explanation, there is another feature of the koala pouch that poses an equally difficult problem for evolutionists to explain.

Kangaroo mothers will lick their pouches clean before the joey crawls inside.  Koala’s are unable to clean out their pouches since they face backwards.  So just prior to giving birth to the young koala joey, a self-cleaning system kicks in secreting droplets of an anti-microbial liquids that cleans it out. In a relatively short time, the cleansing droplets clean out all of the crusty material left inside, leaving an almost sterile nursery ready to receive the tiny joey.

How many baby koalas died from disease in the pouches until the koala miraculously evolved its cleaning system?  Evolutionists are hard pressed to provide a sensible explanation for both the different directions of the pouches and the highly efficient self-cleaning pouch of the koala.

The only logical explanation is that God created them precisely the way He wanted them to be.  He created the different pouches to point in the direction that best worked for that animal’s lifestyle.  He also provided the koala with the self-cleaning pouch so that the young joeys would have a safe place in which to develop and grow.

An Australian friend of mine describes koalas as flee bitten varmints that will rip your eyes out with their claws but are a great testimony to God’s infinite wisdom and design of his creation.

Oxpecker and the Giraffe

A delightful nature story in ‘Dr Seuss-style’ rhyme about an oxpecker bird who removes ticks and other nasties from the skin of a giraffe, for the benefit of both.With captivating artwork, it uses these two zany characters to teach about God’s design, and about relationships, in a way that young children can easily understand and enjoy. (Primary/Elementary) 32 pages

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