Here’s something interesting for you to munch on from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: What Do Owl Pellets Have to Do with the Creation Museum?
That’s a thought-provoking question, and we’ll give you our own answer at the end. Until then, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
At 59 plus 7 years old (that helps me feel younger), I just did something for the very first time — I dissected my first, yes, owl pellet. Now, if you’re not familiar with owl pellets, they’re mostly composed, as you would imagine, of the remains of animals the owl ate. They can’t digest fur, bones, or teeth, so they regurgitate a mass of all these indigestible parts. Sound gross? It is! But it’s also really interesting to pick the pellets apart and figure out which animals the owl ate.
Would you believe it — Wikipedia has an article on Pellet (ornithology), which informs us:
A pellet, in ornithology, is the mass of undigested parts of a bird’s food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of a bird’s pellet depend on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth. In falconry, the pellet is called a casting.
The passing of pellets allows a bird to remove indigestible material from its proventriculus, or glandular stomach. In birds of prey, the regurgitation of pellets serves the bird’s health in another way, by “scouring” parts of the digestive tract, including the gullet. Pellets are formed within six to ten hours of a meal in the bird’s gizzard (muscular stomach).
Don’t try to deny it — we know you’re interested. Hambo says:
So why was I dissecting owl pellets? Well, this summer we’re hosting our first Explore Camp. This five-day camp for young people here at the Creation Museum features 20 different hands-on science workshops as well as other fun activities. Each day of camp features a different science theme such as forensics, astronomy, genetics, geology, or zoology. And one day of camp featured an owl pellet dissection workshop, so I decided to join in on the fun.
We’ve written about Hambo’s Explore Camp before — see 5 Days of Hambo’s Creation Science. He continues:
I encourage you to watch this live video [link omitted] I did to learn more about owl pellets and our fantastic Explore Camp.
Go ahead, watch the video and see ol’ Hambo chopping up those tasty pellets. If you do, please let us know what we missed. Here’s one last excerpt:
We have one more week of day camp this summer, July 23–27, 2018. If you have a child (or children) who love science — this is the place for them! [Oh yeah!] They’ll love the hands-on workshops and the biblical worldview teaching from various experts. They’ll even get to spend one night at the Creation Museum studying astronomy in our top-notch observatory and sleeping among the exhibits.
That’s the end of it — except for a link to where you can go to sign up for the next thrilling camp. But wait — we promised that we’d give you our Curmudgeonly answer to Hambo’s title question: “What Do Owl Pellets Have to Do with the Creation Museum?” Okay, here it is: They’re both an indigestible mass of regurgitated material, useful only for fertilizer.
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