As those made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27), humanity is greater than all the animals. But, as stewards of His world, we should treat the animals He’s created well (Proverbs 12:10).
The Dodo YouTube channel wants everyone to help animals in need. Whether they’re dogs, cats, cows, sea otters, bald eagles or even a whale shark, The Dodo posts daily videos of animals who do interesting things or are rehabilitated for adoption or for release back into the wild.
The videos on The Dodo almost always have a happy ending. Animals of all shapes and sizes are seen, and they are each given loving care. The channel will often track the rehabilitative change a rescued animal goes through, and by the end of the video, the animal is usually back at full health (or, at least, nearly so). As such, many of the videos show the positive effects of humans properly caring for animals.
Other videos simply highlight short stories of animals that do cute and/or interesting things, such as a parrot who has a passion for basketball or a baby beaver who refuses to let go of its blanket.
Because many of the videos deal with capturing the restorative progress of animals who were rescued from miserable conditions, some videos will show scared, hurting animals. Some are furless or missing limbs; others are diseased and/or malnourished. While these videos typically end in complete rehabilitation, some of the animals still have permanent physical tells of the trauma they went through.
In one video, a woman recounts putting a duckling down her bra to keep it warm. As the majority of the videos come from a variety of rescuers, viewers will very occasionally hear words like “h—” or misuses of God’s name.
Additionally, the success of channels like The Dodo has unfortunately led to a rise in “fake animal rescue” channels. In this practice, these channels intentionally put animals into harm’s way in order to “rescue” them for views. While many of them have since been taken down, some still remain, hurting the credibility of legitimate channels like The Dodo.
The Dodo is a great channel to show viewers just how much of a positive impact humans can have upon the animals of the world. Of course, we shouldn’t elevate animals to the same value of humans (Matthew 12:11-12, Luke 12:24). However, God does desire for us to use His creation wisely and compassionately—and that includes His animals.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank betrayed his roots by leaving the wheat behind to study journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics.