Issue 244 - Animals in the streets

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Vocabulary: Animals

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A news story

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Animals in the streets

A sea lion lies on a pavement in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Deer eat grass next to flats in London, England. Goats walk around the town in Llandudno, Wales. In Monmouthshire, Wales, sheep visit a playground. A family of ducks crosses the street in Paris, France. A kangaroo hops through the city centre in Adelaide, Australia. A black bear enters a residential area in California, USA. And in Barcelona, Spain, wild boar look for food in the city streets.

We don’t usually see wild animals in cities. But there are many recent photos and videos of animals entering towns and cities in different countries around the world. People are staying at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and animals are visiting new places!

There is one good thing about the coronavirus pandemic: because there is less traffic on the roads, there is less pollution in the air. This is good for humans, animals and plants. Will it be possible for us to continue with these positive changes? We will see in the future.

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A news story

Read and listen to a news story and then answer questions in the Comprehension section.

Animals in the streets

A sea lion is lying on a pavement in Mar del Plata harbour, Argentina. Deer are eating grass on the lawn in front of a block of flats in London, England. Goats are walking down the high street in Llandudno, Wales. In Monmouthshire, Wales, sheep are going round on a roundabout in a playground. A family of ducks is using a zebra crossing in Paris, France. A kangaroo is hopping through the business district in Adelaide, Australia. A black bear is entering a residential area in California, USA. And in Barcelona, Spain, wild boar are looking for food in the city centre.

We’re not used to seeing wild animals in cities. But recently there have been a lot of photos and videos of animals venturing into towns and cities in different countries around the world. People are staying inside because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and animals are taking advantage of the empty streets to visit new places!

One positive aspect to the coronavirus pandemic is the effect the current situation is having on nature. With less traffic on the roads, there is less pollution in the air. This is beneficial for humans, animals and plants. Will it be possible to maintain some of these positive effects in the future? Only time will tell.

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Comprehension: Things in the city

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A news story

Read and listen to a news story and then answer questions in the Comprehension section.

Animals in the streets

A sea lion is lounging nonchalantly on a pavement in Mar del Plata harbour, Argentina. Deer are grazing on a lawn in front of a block of flats in London, England. A herd of goats is strolling down the high street in Llandudno, Wales. In Monmouthshire, Wales, sheep are enjoying a ride on a roundabout in a playground. A family of ducks is waddling across a zebra crossing in Paris, France. A kangaroo is hopping through the business district in Adelaide, Australia. A black bear is spotted prowling around a residential area in California, USA, on the hunt for food. And in Barcelona, Spain, wild boar are scavenging for scraps around rubbish bins in the city centre.

We’re not used to seeing wild animals in cities. But recently there have been countless photos and videos circulating on social media of animals venturing into towns and cities in different countries around the world. While people stay inside to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, animals have been taking advantage of the empty streets to visit new places!

A silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic is the effect the current situation is having on nature. With less traffic on the roads, there is less pollution in the air. This is beneficial for humans, animals and vegetation. Will it be possible to maintain some of these positive effects in the future? Only time will tell.

Now answer the questions in the Comprehension section.

Comprehension: Actions

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Interview: listen to more about the topic

Think about your answers to the following questions. Then listen to somebody answering the same questions. Were your answers similar?

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