Walrus

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Learning English; Words in the News;Walrus

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Thousands of miles from home, a walrus dozes on a beach in Scotland's Orkney Islands.

It's been called a "once in a lifetime event" for a walrus to be spotted so far south of the Arctic Circle.

Nonetheless, the young male appeared to be in good health, and happy to be the centre of attention.

In the past, the animals were hunted for their blubber, ivory and meat, but now numbers are recovering.

Vocabulary:

dozes

sleeps lightly and for a short time, especially during the day

once in a lifetime event

something that is very special because it will only happen one time in a person's life

in good health

healthy

the centre of attention

the person or thing that people are most interested in and watch or listen to most

blubber

the thick layer of body fat which keeps sea mammals warm

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

dozes / once in a lifetime event / in good health / the centre of attention / blubber

1. Pups weigh 14kg at birth but quickly gain the __________ they need because their mother's milk contains 60% fat.

2. The children went to sleep, and as the wine had made us sleepy too, we all three went to our rooms to lie down and __________ until about four o'clock.

3. Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "To host part of the Paralympic Torch Relay is fantastic news for our area and we hope that all our residents will join us in celebrating this __________."

4. The Queen has left hospital in central London after being assessed for gastroenteritis symptoms.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen, 86, was admitted as a precaution and was otherwise __________.

5. He added: "Everyone just loves him. Basically he was __________ every night."

Answers:

1. Pups weigh 14kg at birth but quickly gain the blubber they need because their mother's milk contains 60% fat.

Source: Grey seal spotted in Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn

2. The children went to sleep, and as the wine had made us sleepy too, we all three went to our rooms to lie down and doze until about four o'clock.

Source: Sylvia Plath: Jillian Becker on the poet's last days

3. Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "To host part of the Paralympic Torch Relay is fantastic news for our area and we hope that all our residents will join us in celebrating this once in a lifetime event."

Source: London 2012: Paralympic torch relay to visit Yorkshire

4. The Queen has left hospital in central London after being assessed for gastroenteritis symptoms.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen, 86, was admitted as a precaution and was otherwise in "good health".

Source: Queen leaves hospital after stomach bug

5. He added: "Everyone just loves him. Basically he was __________ every night."

Source: Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Shetland pony mascot retires

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