If, after the flood, Noah sacrificed one of every clean animal as a burnt offering to the Lord ...?

... how then were these animals repopulated upon the earth? They had no mates. Genesis 8:19-20 8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark. 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every... show more ... how then were these animals repopulated upon the earth? They had no mates.


Genesis 8:19-20

8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.



Unless, of course, Noah took 7 of each animal.

Genesis 7:2
Of every clean beast thou shalt take thee by sevens, the male and his female.



Which is in direct defiance of what God commanded.

Genesis 6:19
Of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark.

Genesis 7:8, 9, 15
Of clean beast and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowl ... there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God commanded Noah.


Can anyone help me understand this?
Update: rhoho ... very nice.
Update 2: But what if the impregnated females only gave birth to additional females? It happens.
Update 3: Steadfast ... sacrificing newborns? I'm gonna cry!
Update 4: (((((rhoho)))))

You're one of the few who do! :)
Update 5: You know, there are some pretty cool answers coming in. Thanks to all.
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