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...