Peanut the Turtle: The Full Story

This is Peanut the turtle.   When she was a baby, she crawled into this plastic ring used to hold beer cans together (a six pack of beer). She could not escape and so her body grew around the plastic. This is why she was given the name ‘Peanut’. Although...

Japan’s Cat Island

Aoshima Island in Japan is only one mile long. There are no shops or restaurants but it is home to over 120 cats. There are 6 cats on this island for every human. The island has become a popular destination for tourists who love cats. However some locals are fed up...

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...

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...

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...