How many animals were on Noah’s Ark? Whatever the number was, they had to be fed and their waste had to be removed — every day for a year-long voyage. Back in 2013 we wrote Waste Disposal on Noah’s Ark. Using information from one of Hambo’s experts, we estimated that — not counting a few bird kinds — there were about 16,000 land animals on the ark.
In 2018 we wrote Ken Ham: How Many Animals on the Ark?, in which we discussed the changing numbers, and then we quoted ol’ Hambo himself saying:
Estimates of how many animals Noah needed on the Ark have “evolved” over the years as more research is done from a best-case scenario of about 2,000 animals to a worst-case scenario of about 16,000.
He finished that article saying:
That’s only about 6,700 individual animals (remember, the clean animals came in pairs of sevens) — and that’s a generous number that will likely go down further as more research is conducted on which organisms belong to which kinds. In fact, it’s possible it could be as low as around 1,000 kinds.
Somehow, the numbers have changed again. The latest numbers are found in this new article: How Did All the Land Animal Kinds Fit Inside the Ark?, which has no author’s by-line. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry:of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
There were two of some animal kinds; certain clean and winged creatures had seven or fourteen. Recent researchers, using broad parameters, estimated the Ark may have about 1,400 animal kinds, which results in close to 7,000 total animals. This number is almost certainly too high.
Too high? How do they know? The article says this:
Studies of non-mechanized animal care indicate that eight people could have fed and watered 16,000 creatures. [Wowie!] One key is to avoid unnecessary distance between the animals and their stored food and water. [Easy job!] Even better, drinking water could have been piped into troughs, just as the Chinese have used bamboo pipes for this purpose for thousands of years.
But the Ark wasn’t built in China. Where did Noah get bamboo? Anyway, skipping a bit, the article ends like this:
These are just some of the questions that can be answered [answered!] at the Ark Encounter. Plan your trip [link omitted] to see for yourself!
Okay, dear reader, that’s the latest creation research. The next time someone asks you how many animals were on the Ark, what will your answer be?
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