Tag: animals

100 whales die in New Zealand

More than 100 whales have died on a beach on the south island of New Zealand. They have “beached” themselves; swam into very shallow water and have been unable to move. There are currently 90 more whales in this situation and volunteers are attempting to help them into deeper water. The volunteers are trying to keep the whales comfortable by pouring water over them, and when there is a high tide, they will try to push them into deeper water. The water around this area is very shallow and this seems to confuse the whales. Even when the volunteers direct the whales into deeper water, sometimes they turn around and swim back to the beach, confused. Once they are stranded on the beach they can die of dehydration and sunburn. Scientists do not know why whales beach themselves like this. Although this has happened before in New Zealand, this is the biggest incident in 15 years.   Vocabulary: to beach (v), shallow (adj), deep (adj), to pour (v), high tide (n), to turn around (phrasal verb), stranded...

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Russian cat saves baby

Vocabulary: newborn (adj), apparently (adv), to abandon (v), stairwell (n), to keep warm (v). A cat called Masha is being called a hero for saving the life of a newborn baby boy. This happened in the Russian town of Obninsk. The baby was apparently abandoned in a stairwell with a bag full of clothes and a bottle of milk. The cat was keeping the baby warm. The baby was found in the cat’s box. The owner of the cat discovered the baby when he started crying and he was taken to hospital. The baby is just a couple of months old and the police are trying to find his parents. Watch the video...

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Tiger population increases 30% in India

Vocabulary: to rise (v), to increase (v), to donate (v), elsewhere (adv). India is home to 70% of the world’s tigers. The population of tigers in India has risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014: this is an increase of 30%. The number of tigers in other countries, however, is falling. India has said that it is willing to donate some tiger cubs to other countries to help them with conservation projects and to further increase tiger numbers elsewhere. Photo from:...

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