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Picture It: Jealousy

jealousy

Do animals get jealous?

The children were gathered around the petting zoo admiring the ponies and goats and llamas. Then along came King and Weston. The ponies went berserk when they saw the mounted police on their turf. The parents and children wondered what the ponies were thinking.

Did the ponies want the horses to come closer? Did the ponies want the horses to go away? Did these miniature horses wish they were as big and beautiful as the animals that roamed free on the other side of the chain link fence?

Personally, I think the ponies were jealous. After all, these tall dark horses were perfectly groomed. They were also strong and powerful. They belonged to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). What were these horses doing in the children’s park other than showing off their power and beauty? Your guess is as good as mine.

Now that you’ve pictured the word jealousy I’ll bet you never forget this word! Do you have any real life examples of animals displaying jealousy? Leave your story in the comments below.

Usage Note:
This word is often misspelled. Be careful to choose the correct word form when you use it.
jealous: adjective
jealousy: noun

Related
Learn more about this story in the audio storybook Playing Hooky.
Last week’s Picture It word: improvise

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub | November 2010
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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