Colugo ~ FREE Article + Links for Kids

Colugo article for kids; pink, green and yellow fleuro background; free printable

A mother colugo glides silently through the tropical rainforest canopy in the dark, while her tiny baby clings tightly to her tummy, dangling underneath. Help! It is a very good thing that colugos were specially designed by a Creator who knew exactly what He was doing. Otherwise poor Baby Colugo would end up far below on the rainforest floor somewhere along the way in a very undignified heap. Ouch! If you’ve never heard of this fascinating furry flying mammal with the outstretched hang glider coat that can glide over the length of a football field, you’re in for a treat…

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COLUGO ~ INFORMATION FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Colugo ~ FREE article for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) giving glory to God as Creator; also available in French; free printable

Colugo article for kids; pink, green and yellow fleuro background; free printable

DOWNLOAD  English | French

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Laminate / Print an extra copy for a friend / Other Languages
Laminate articles for your homeschool students to keep them looking nice. Print an extra copy for a friend. For children who are NOT English or French speaking, this article can still be sent to your sponsored child, but you may like to make sure to include all relevant text in your letter so that it gets translated. Add a short note and some hugs and kisses and that’s an extra letter done! If you would like to do this for your child, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text at the end of this post.

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Colugo – soaring above expectations  (answersingenesis) God designed a unique mammal that can glide from tree to tree without ever touching the ground. In fact, colugos are the best gliders in the world; from scientists who take the Bible seriously

Colugo – fun facts for kids  (answersingenesis; scroll down) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; When you think of animals that can glide gracefully from tree to tree, you probably think of birds. But would you believe that a mammal the size of your arm can make the leap with the same grace?

Colugo  (creation.com) As in other gliding mammals, a thin gliding membrane or patagium extends from the colugo’s body to the limbs… They are the only members of the “obscure and tiny” order Dermoptera—‘skin-wings’; from scientists who take the Bible seriously; this article is also available in Indonesian.

Being Different – a family devotional  (answersingenesis) Being different can be a wonderful thing. God designed all sorts of animals to fill every corner of the earth. Some of them can seem pretty strange to us. The super-gliding colugo, the tree-climbing coconut crab, the egg-laying echidna—that’s an odd collection of creatures. They definitely stand out! And God has called Christians to be “special” and stand out, too.

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COLUGO ~ COLOURING / PUZZLES / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Colugo – colouring  (education.com) members only

There only seems to be one colouring page that I can find, so don’t forget to jazz it up. Do you like doodling? Why not make your own colugo colouring page? Or turn a colugo photo into a colouring page with this easy tutorial.

Flying Squirrels – colouring pages (supercoloring); Sugar Glider – colouring pages; (different animals, but similar ‘outstretched coat’ flying mechanisms); free printable

Colugo – dot to dot puzzle for kids  (education.com) members only

Make your own puzzles  using the FREE article for kids (above) for your clues and answers.

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COLUGO ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Colugo – FREE bookmark for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a mother colugo carries her baby; featuring Bible verse from Isaiah 46:3-4 – Since the day you were born, I have carried you. I will still be the same when you are old and grey, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe, and the words, God will take care of you; on a fleuro green, yellow and pink background; free printable

Colugo Mother and Baby bookmark for kids; pink, green and yellow fleuro background; free printable

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COLUGO ~ IMAGES

Baby Colugo
Mum + Baby Colugo
– Mum + Baby Colugo  tucked up against a tree trunk
Colugo – wallpaper
More Colugo pics

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MAKE YOUR OWN:

Add a Bible verse to your favourite colugo image and make your own:
Bible Poster or Bible Verse Card
Bible Bookmark – add your child’s name
Bible Note Cards
Bible Wallet Cards
Bible Stickers
Stationery
Jazz up your envelopes if you can find(!) any special treats like stickers.

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COLUGO ~ STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Colugo – FREE stationery for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a mother colugo carries her baby; featuring Bible verse from Isaiah 46:3-4 – Since the day you were born, I have carried you. I will still be the same when you are old and grey, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe; and the words, God will take care of you; on a fleuro green, yellow and pink background; free printable

Colugo Mother and Baby stationery for kids; pink, green and yellow fleuro background; free printable

Colugo – FREE note cards for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a mother colugo carries her baby; featuring Bible verse from Isaiah 46:3-4 – Since the day you were born, I have carried you. I will still be the same when you are old and grey, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe, and the words, God will take care of you; on a fleuro green, yellow and pink background; free printable

Colugo Mother and Baby note cards for kids; pink, green and yellow fleuro background; free printable

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RELATED LINKS

Forest Animals ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids

baby deer

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COLUGO ~ ARTICLE TEXT

A mother colugo glides silently through the tropical rainforest canopy in the dark, while her tiny baby clings tightly to her tummy, dangling underneath! Help!

But it’s ok. Mum gently lands safely onto a tree trunk. She lands on all fours to spread the impact and protect her baby. She imbeds her needle-sharp curved claws securely into the trunk, and grips it tightly. All this happens in one very smooth movement. Then she tucks her tail up into a blanket or hammock to keep her baby snug and warm again. Maybe they might even have a little snooze together. Baby Colugo is only 35g (1.2oz) when born. It will cling precariously to Mum’s tummy as she flies, until they are about 6 months old. It is a very good thing that colugos were specially designed by a Creator who knew exactly what He was doing. Otherwise poor Baby Colugo would have ended up far below on the rainforest floor somewhere along the way, in a very undignified heap! Ouch!

This shy mammal lives in Southeast Asia. It eats flowers, young leaves and fruit. Mrs Colugo’s ‘skin-wing’ is called a patagium. It’s a thin membrane attached to her body and reaches all the way to the tips of her webbed fingers, toes and tail. Her large wingspan (70 cm or 27 inches) covers her baby like an outstretched coat. Colugos are superb gliders. They can glide longer than a football field and make 90-degree turns. They can slow down their gliding speed by 60% to control their take-off and landing. If anything gets in their way, they simply fold up their wings, glide smoothly past, then open them out again. Their long, soft, luxurious fur gives them a smooth glide. They reach maturity when they are about 2 or 3 years old. Colugos have very unusual teeth for a mammal. Two of their lower teeth have up to 20 tines or notches each, just like tiny hair combs.

Scientists have watched colugos gliding up to 29 times a night, travelling over 3km (2 miles). They can glide for 15 seconds at a time, over 150m (490 feet). They are studying how they glide so effortlessly, to improve the design of hang gliders and micro air vehicles. But whatever they come up with and no matter how clever it is, it will never be as good as one of God’s original designs. However, many people have been persuaded to believe that this exquisite design happened all by itself over millions of years. But, just like hang gliders, everything had to be there—AND working properly from the very first colugo, otherwise… SMACK! No more colugos.

Did you know that the very oldest colugo fossil looks just like a colugo we might see today! And God created every kind of creature to reproduce after its own KIND, so when a colugo has a baby, it is not a cow or a goat. It is a baby colugo. Isn’t God, the Master Designer, clever to think up so many astonishing and fabulous designs? You can read all about it in your Bible in Genesis 1. God made everything in the very first week of history when the world was made, to put in His ‘living art gallery’. God created so many wonderful things for us to care for and enjoy. Things that are beautiful…. intricate… mysterious… perfect. To teach us about Him. To show us how magnificent, wise and powerful He is. So that we will worship Him. Jesus! God the Creator!

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Information from: creation.com ~ a fabulous site with lots of scientific information from a Biblical perspective. Written by Ph.D. scientists (previously evolutionists) who believe that God says what He means and means what He says. Got questions about God? This is where you will find real answers. Like me, they are all about reinforcing the authority of Scripture and giving glory to God as designer. We CAN and MUST take God’s Word seriously. God says what He means and means what He says. If He meant something else, He would have said something else.

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THANK YOU / MERCI BEAUCOUP!

A very big thank you to D. Walther for very kindly providing the translation of this article for us on behalf of all our French speaking children.

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And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget to tell them who created these amazing animals… 

Tell them about Jesus!

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