The story of Noah taking the animals in the ark mentions at one point taking two of each kind of animal with him.
But the Noah narrative is actually made of two versions of the story woven together in one tapestry and makes no effort to harmonize the two versions. The other version mentions taking seven pairs of clean animals and birds.
When the animals follow Noah into the ark as if he is the chief shepherd to all animals, it is the first time in Scripture that the animals are said to follow the dominion of humans.
The story portrays humans and animals in a harmonious relationship with humans having proper dominion over the animals.
Inside the ark itself the story suggests another paradise with humans and animals living peaceably together, though outside the ark the raging waters will threaten death to all.
“And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you, to keep them alive.
Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.” (Genesis 6:19-21)
The ark was to be a protective storehouse of plants and animals that God would keep safe from the chaotic torrential downpour that would inundate the world. As destructive as the deluge might be, God was preserving all the species on earth.
What a menagerie of animals was brought together – just like in Paradise.
“… they and every beast according to its kind, and all the cattle according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth according to its kind,
and every bird according to its kind, every bird of every sort. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.
And they that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in. ” (Genesis 7:14-16)