The Mole
I remember but two places in the Bible where this animal is mentioned. One is in
Leviticus, where it is named among the unclean animals which the Israelites were
forbidden to eat; and the other is this verse in the second chapter of Isaiah: "In that
one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats." Have you read about the
first missionaries who went to the Sandwich Islands? And do you remember that
although the people had always been worshippers of idols, they had cast them all away
just before the missionaries came? That was a very wonderful thing to happen; and it
seems as though God was making these poor people ready to hear about the Savior,
when the missionaries should come. Well, this verse in Isaiah declares that the same
thing will happen by and by over the whole earth. You know that there are now millions
and millions of poor heathen who worship nothing but images of gold, or brass, or
stone; but the day is coming when not an idol shall be seen, and no being shall be
worshipped but the true God. The mole lives under ground, and the bat in gloomy, dark
caves where nobody thinks of going; so when it is said that the idols shall be "Cast to
the moles and to the bats," it means that they shall be thrown away in dark and
neglected places, just as we throw away old shoes, or any thing that we care nothing
about. Will you try to remember this verse about the idols? Perhaps you may live to
see the near approach of that day.
The mole is a very curious animal in its appearance and in its manner of living. It is
almost always under ground, and we should think that the little creature could not be
very happy; but its skin is as smooth and handsome as that of any animal, and it
seems very well contented with its dark home. God made it to live there, and he has
given it just such a body at it needs. It is covered with fine, short, silky hair, almost
like soft velvet, so that the earth does not stick to it; and its legs are very short, so as
not to be in the way. If its legs were long it could not get through the ground very well,
you know. Its eyes are very small, because it does not need to see much, and they are
almost buried too under its soft fur, which keeps out all the dust and dirt. The opening
of the ear is covered in the same way, so that nothing can hurt it.
Its fore-paws are made broad like a shovel, and are very strong; each one, too, has
five short fingers with which the earth can be removed. The nose is sharp and bony,
and this helps the mole to work its way through the earth. They throw up the earth
when they make their houses under ground, and in this way mole-hills are made. They
like to work at morning and evening, and also after a shower, when the earth is damp
and soft, and easily moved.
The mole is larger than a mouse, but not as large as a rat. It eats insects and worms,
and sometimes the roots of plants.