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…
COLUGO ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)
As always, my free printable articles give glory to God as Creator. Make this article your own ~ just add pics, using this tutorial as a guide. Photo suggestions are below. There is also room up on the header for an extra tiny pic if you wish.
– Adorable face of a baby colugo
– Another adorable face
– Mum + baby colugo
– Mum + baby colugo tucked up against a tree trunk
– Flying colugo with baby hanging on underneath :o
– Another colugo face
– More colugo pics
LAMINATE + SEND AN EXTRA COPY
I laminate my articles before sending them to my kids, to keep them looking nice. I also send an extra copy for my child’s Compassion teacher ~ with a post-it note on it to remind them to give it to them.
This article is also available in French. For other children who are NOT English or French speaking, I also send it to them but make sure I INCLUDE ALL TEXT IN THE LETTER so that it gets translated. Add a short note and some hugs and kisses and that’s an extra letter! If you would like to do this for your child too, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text (scroll down to the bottom of this post).
COLUGO ~ INFORMATION / COLOURING / PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Make your own colugo puzzle – Idea: use the free printable article for kids (above) as your clues and answer sheet.
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
Don’t forget to jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers.
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!
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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