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dateline: 14 September 2016

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Russian Scientists Surrounded by Polar Bears

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • relief: assistance and/or comfort
  • a dozen: 12
  • aggressive: angry and violent
  • vessel: ship
  • flare: something that creates a large flame to attract attention

Russian Scientists Surrounded by Polar Bears

Relief supplies finally on a remote Arctic island where a group of scientists had been trapped in a weather station. Up to a dozen polar bears had surrounded the station on the of Troynoy and set up camp approximately two weeks ago. The bears were becoming more aggressive over time, killing one of the station’s dogs and a window. On Wednesday, a helicopter that picked up supplies from a vessel arrived with dogs and flares and was able to the bears and allow researchers to get back to work.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where were the scientists trapped?
  2. What signs of aggression did the polar bears exhibit?
  3. What supplies did the helicopter bring?

Discussion Questions: If an emergency crew had been unable to reach the scientists, should the scientists have been given permission to shoot the bears to save their own lives? Why or why not?

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Written 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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