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Wolves chasing Caribou

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Published: 6.13.2017
Level 3   |   Time: 3:20
Accent: British
Source: BBC Planet Earth

A pair of wolves chases and captures caribou on the northern plains of Canada.


    

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary


  • seasonal [adj] - changing from season to season
  • immense [adj] - very big
  • cover [v] - travel
  • starve [v] - not eat
  • prey [n] - food (animals) for predators
  • a quest [n] - a journey
  • a pasture [n] - land with grass (for food)
  • migration [n] - seasonal movement of animals
  • onwards[adv] - forwards
  • pick up [phv] - find / discover
  • It is on. [exp] - It has started.
  • single out [phv] - separate
  • a calf [n] - a baby caribou

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


triangle Questions


  1. The narrator describes the wolves' quest for food as...?
    seasonal.
    cruel.
    difficult.

  2. How long have the wolves been looking for prey?
    for many hours
    for many days
    for many weeks

  3. How far can caribou travel in a day?
    13 miles
    30 miles
    2000 miles

  4. How far can caribou travel in one season?
    13 miles
    30 miles
    2000 miles

  5. What pushes the caribou to continue traveling?
    insects
    the wolves
    looking for food
    bad weather

  6. Which types of caribou are separated from the herd?
    the weaker caribou
    the young caribou
    the older caribou
    the smaller caribou

  7. What type of caribou does the wolf capture?
    a young caribou
    an injured caribou
    an old caribou


triangle Script



Wolves.
For them, finding food on the plains is an even greater challenge.
Not only is their prey seasonal, it’s also hard to find.
They’ve been searching for days without a sign.
Somewhere in this immense landscape, there is food for them.
This is it – caribou.
Traveling 30 miles a day, they can cover nearly 2000 miles in the summer months.
The wolves will starve if they don’t find caribou.
But it’s no easy task to locate prey that never stops traveling.
Fighting flies and the quest for new pasture drives the migration ever onwards.
The wolf has finally picked up the trail.
The caribou are close. At last a chance. The hunt is on.
The wolf panics the herd, and the weak and young are singled out.
A calf is separated from its mother.

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