An ice treat for animals 給動物降溫

更新時間 2012年 8月 24日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間13:14
a tiger licking iced food

Is it cool and yummy?

媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。

歐洲各地的熱浪讓人透不過氣來。不過羅馬動物園想出新招確保園裏的動物舒舒服服度過三伏暑天。BBC 記者 Beth McLeod 有以下報道:

Code red heat warnings have been issued by Italy's health ministry, as a heatwave nicknamed 'Lucifer' scorches the Mediterranean region. But at the zoo in Rome, keepers are ensuring the lions and tigers stay cool by freezing their food in large blocks of ice. The animals have to lick through icy layers before getting to the joints of meat contained inside, like a giant lollipop.

Klaus Friedrich, the zoo's veterinarian, says making these meat-flavoured treats is part of their strategy to cool the animals down: "The animals get bored, like children, so they find new ways – how to prepare the ice. So sometimes you put the ice in a bucket of water, and you put a string inside, and you hang this on a tree or you hide it somewhere. There are different ways to give this food and these ice creams… So they like it a lot."

The smaller animals, like lemurs, are fed pieces of watermelon and special ice cream, while the monkeys are given bamboo canes filled with yoghurt and frozen fruit. Italy is suffering from its worst drought in ten years, caused by a high-pressure system that's bringing hot air from Africa to Europe. Spain is also sweltering, while the heatwave has fuelled forest fires in the Greek island of Chios and the north-east of Bosnia.

Quiz 聽力測試

How are zoo keepers making sure that tigers and lions are staying cool?

By freezing their food in large blocks of ice.

Why don't they give animals the same ice treat everyday?

Because they get bored, just like children.

True or false: all the animals in the zoo get the same ice treat?

False. Different animals get different treats.

True or false: Italy is suffering its worst drought in a decade?

True. Italy is suffering from its worst drought in ten years.

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