On our franch, you will find a horse, cows, chickens, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, fish and hermit crabs. Doesn’t that sound like enough? Our children don’t think so. Each of God’s creatures offers a unique kind of relationship for a child. So, with every birthday or holiday, it seems my husband and I almost always consider adding yet another kind of creature to that list. Our most recent addition to our children’s list of loved creatures that they can call their own is an adopted bat named Cornelius. Yes, I said, a bat. Before you say “I would never…” you should know that bats are among the most misunderstood of animals but one of the most fascinating and ecologically indispensable animals on Earth. Anyway, we were a little smarter choosing this gift for the children. The children own the bat yet it remains at a bat sanctuary that rescues, rehabilitates, and provides a sanctuary for bats like Cornelius that can’t return to the wild. Well, it’s been some time now since the bat became a part of our family. And, our youngest daughter’s birthday is next month. So, is it time to get a baby pig wearing a big red ribbon?