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An aquarium in Japan is [asking / asked] people to help a group of eels that are getting lonely. The Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo has [sever / several] tanks of garden eels. The [creatures / creature] are usually very cautious and go into their holes in the sand when someone [past / passes] . However, the Sumida Aquarium eels are used to [seeing / seen] visitors and stay above their holes so people can see [us / them] . The aquarium has closed because of the coronavirus emergency and staff are [worry / worried] the eels are getting lonely. A staff member said the [eels / eel] are forgetting what humans look like. She wants people to make video [called / calls] to the eels. The staff put special tablets in front of the eel [thanks / tanks] so people could make video calls to them.

The [slack / lack] of visitors to the aquarium means the eels have become very [sly / shy] . This could make them stressed when visitors start returning [after / post] the aquarium reopens. The coronavirus emergency has also made it [difficult / difficulty] for staff to check on the eels' health because they are now staying in [their / them] holes in the sand. The aquarium tweeted: "They aren't seeing humans so they are [forgotten / forgetting] about us....Here is an [urgent / urgency] request - Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?" The aquarium wants to [mind / remind] the eels that "humans are friendly". It has organised a three-day event called a "face-showing [festive / festival] ". The public is being asked to make video calls but can only use Apple devices to [doing / do] so.

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