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dateline: 22 September 2015

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New Zealand Zoo Will Not Euthanize Tiger

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • euthanize: to give an injection that will end one’s life
  • breeding: the production of offspring
  • pose: to present or cause
  • critical: severe
  • endangered: rare and at risk of becoming extinct

New Zealand Zoo Will Not Euthanize Tiger

A Sumatran tiger that and killed a zookeeper in Hamilton, New Zealand this will not be euthanized. The New Zealand zoo says that Oz, a ten-year-old male tiger, is an important part of the zoo’s breeding and poses no to the public. The tiger species, which is to Indonesia, is critically endangered in the wild.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Oz do?
  2. Why won’t Oz be euthanized?
  3. Why does the report mention Indonesia?

Discussion Questions: According to investigators, this tiger’s behaviour was in line with his natural instinct. Do you agree with the zoo’s decision not to kill Oz? Why or why not?

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