Learn English from the News

Learn English from the News

Posted by Tanya Peterson on 31st Jul 2018

Want to improve your English? Reading the news is a great way to do so! Read this news story. Review the vocabulary (underlined). Then, check your comprehension with the quick quiz.

News Story: The Zookeepers' Surprising Discovery!

Zookeepers at a zoo near Tokyo received a big shock recently. They served a snake named Aochan a hamster as a snack. However, instead of gobbling up the hamster, Aochan befriended the hamster. Zookeepers found them lying side by side.

"I've never seen anything like it," said one of the zookeepers. "Never in a million years would I have predicted this."

The hamster is clearly enjoying his life beside the snake. Sometimes the hamster even climbs onto Aochan to take a nap.

Meanwhile, the snake is enjoying a diet of frozen mice.

Some say this relationship may end in disaster. One day, the snake may get hungry and decide to devour his furry little friend. But in the meantime, zoo visitors are in for a unique spectacle. The chance to see a snake and hamster together will surely draw large crowds.

shock - a big surprise
gobbling up - to eat quickly
(to) befriend - to make friends with
side by side - next to each other never in a million years - never (said of something that one really does not expect)
(to) predict - to know in advance; to expect
(to) take a nap - to sleep for a short period of time
disaster - serious misfortune; a very bad event
(to) devour - to eat quickly or greedily
furry - hairy
(to be) in for - guaranteed to have or to get
spectacle - something that can be seen, especially something impressive or surprising
draw - attract

Quick Quiz:

      1) What happened when zookeepers put a hamster in the snake's cage?

      A. the snake devoured the hamster

      B. the hamster devoured the snake

      C. the snake and the hamster became friends

      2) How surprised were zookeepers by what happened with the snake and the hamster?

      A. a little surprised

      B. very surprised

      C. not surprised

      3) The "furry friend" in this story refers to:

      A. the zookeeper

      B. the snake

      C. the hamster

      4) What is the snake eating instead of the hamster?

      A. mice

      B. rats

      C. other hamsters

      5) Why do some people say the relationship between the snake and the hamster may end in disaster?

      A. the snake might decide to eat the hamster

      B. the hamster might decide to eat the snake

      C. zookeepers might decide to separate the snake and the hamster

      ANSWERS: 1) C; 2) B; 3) C; 4) A; 5) A