The Reading / Listening - Cat-Fox - Level 2

Wildlife experts have found an animal they believe is a new species. They found the "cat-fox" on the French island of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in a remote area of Corsica. The captured cat-fox was nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to tail. It has very wide ears, short whiskers and a thick coat. It also has stripes on its front legs. A local government official thanked the wildlife team for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a wonderful discovery." He said Corsica was a "paradise of animal and plant biodiversity".



The cat-fox has been a mythical creature for decades with farmers. They tell stories about seeing it. People are happy and proud that their island is home to the new species. Scientists believe it comes from a little-known species originating in Africa and the Middle East thousands of years ago. It is a nocturnal animal. A scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica as far back as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could tell it apart from the European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact identity is still to be determined."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cat-Fox - Level 0 Cat-Fox - Level 1   or  Cat-Fox - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.foxnews.com/science/mysterious-cat-fox-discovered-may-be-a-new-species
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/19/europe/cat-fox-species-corsica-france-trnd/index.html
  • https://www.livescience.com/65744-cat-fox-new-species.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Wildlife
  2. in a remote
  3. 90 centimeters in length
  4. short whiskers and
  5. It also has stripes
  6. A local government official thanked
  7. It's a wonderful
  8. a paradise of animal and
  1. on its front legs
  2. discovery
  3. area
  4. plant biodiversity
  5. experts
  6. a thick coat
  7. from head to tail
  8. the wildlife team

Paragraph 2

  1. a mythical
  2. They tell stories
  3. People are happy
  4. their island is home
  5. it comes from a little-
  6. as far back
  7. looking at its
  8. its exact identity is still to
  1. to the new species
  2. and proud
  3. be determined
  4. DNA
  5. creature
  6. known species
  7. about seeing it
  8. as 6500BC

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Wildlife experts have (1) ___________________ they believe is a new species. They found the "cat-fox" on the French island of Corsica. The experts said they (2) ___________________ of sixteen cat-foxes in a (3) ___________________ Corsica. The captured cat-fox was nearly 90 centimeters in length from (4) ___________________. It has very wide ears, short whiskers and a thick coat. It also has stripes on its front legs. A local government official thanked the (5) ___________________ finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a wonderful discovery." He said Corsica was a "paradise of animal (6) ___________________".

The cat-fox has been (7) ___________________ for decades with farmers. They tell stories about seeing it. People are happy and proud that their island is home to (8) ___________________. Scientists believe it comes from a little-known species originating in Africa and the Middle East thousands (9) ___________________. It is a nocturnal animal. A scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica (10) ___________________ as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could tell (11) ___________________ the European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact identity is still (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wildlifeexpertshavefoundananimaltheybelieveisanewspecies.Theyf
oundthe"cat-fox"ontheFrenchislandofCorsica.Theexpertssaidtheyf
oundagroupofsixteencat-foxesinaremoteareaofCorsica.Thecapture
dcat-foxwasnearly90centimetersinlengthfromheadtotail.Ithasver
ywideears,shortwhiskersandathickcoat.Italsohasstripesonitsfrontle
gs.Alocalgovernmentofficialthankedthewildlifeteamforfindingtheca
t-fox.Hesaid:"It'sawonderfuldiscovery."HesaidCorsicawasa"paradi
seofanimalandplantbiodiversity".Thecat-foxhasbeenamythicalcre
aturefordecadeswithfarmers.Theytellstoriesaboutseeingit.Peoplear
ehappyandproudthattheirislandishometothenewspecies.Scientists
believeitcomesfromalittle-knownspeciesoriginatinginAfricaandth
eMiddleEastthousandsofyearsago.Itisanocturnalanimal.Ascientists
aidthecat-foxcouldhavebeenbroughttoCorsicaasfarbackas6500
BC.Anotherscientistsaid:"BylookingatitsDNA,wecouldtellitapartfro
mtheEuropeanwildcat.It'sclosetotheAfricanforestcat,butitsexactide
ntityisstilltobedetermined."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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