The Reading / Listening - Rabbit - Level 5

The world's longest rabbit has been stolen from his home. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, measures 129cm from nose to tail. Police say he was abducted from his home in England late Saturday evening. Local police said: "It is believed the rabbit was stolen from its enclosure in the garden of the property of its owners overnight on Saturday. We are appealing for information following the theft." Darius' desperate owner has offered a $2,750 reward for the safe return of her beloved pet. She told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old to be bred.

There has been a spike in pet thefts in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has appealed to those who made off with her rabbit. She said: "Every animal is an individual that can't be replaced, and it's just so upsetting because he is such a loveable character." The police said the theft was a high-profile case as the animal was a celebrity in England. They believe the thieves have an "ulterior motive" and know the commercial value of the rabbit. The UK's policing minister called animal theft a "vile crime" and promised to crack down on it.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rabbit - Level 4 or  Rabbit - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/04/13/bunny-missing-england-police-say-giant-rabbit-stolen/7208440002/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/12/worlds-biggest-rabbit-stolen-from-home-in-worcestershire
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/worlds-biggest-rabbit-stolen-b1830420.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a continental giant
  2. from nose
  3. he was abducted from
  4. the rabbit was stolen
  5. appealing for information
  6. Darius' desperate
  7. a $2,750 reward for
  8. Darius was too
  1. owner
  2. his home
  3. old to be bred
  4. to tail
  5. the safe return
  6. rabbit
  7. following the theft
  8. from its enclosure

Paragraph 2

  1. There has been a spike
  2. during the
  3. those who made
  4. Every animal is
  5. the animal was a
  6. the thieves have an ulterior
  7. the commercial
  8. promised to crack
  1. an individual
  2. value of the rabbit
  3. down on it
  4. motive
  5. off with her rabbit
  6. in pet thefts
  7. celebrity in England
  8. coronavirus pandemic

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's longest rabbit has (1) ___________________ his home. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, measures 129cm from nose to tail. Police say he (2) ___________________ his home in England late Saturday evening. Local police said: "It is believed the rabbit was stolen from (3) ___________________ the garden of the property of its owners overnight on Saturday. We are appealing for information following the theft." Darius' (4) ___________________ offered a $2,750 reward for the safe return of (5) ___________________. She told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old (6) ___________________.

There has been a (7) ___________________ thefts in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has (8) ___________________ who made off with her rabbit. She said: "Every animal is an individual that can't be replaced, and it's just so upsetting because he is (9) ___________________ character." The police said the theft was (10) ___________________ case as the animal was a celebrity in England. They believe the thieves have an "ulterior motive" and know the (11) ___________________ the rabbit. The UK's policing minister called animal theft (12) ___________________ and promised to crack down on it.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theworld'slongestrabbithasbeenstolenfromhishome.Darius,acontin
entalgiantrabbit,measures129cmfromnosetotail.Policesayhewasab
ductedfromhishomeinEnglandlateSaturdayevening.Localpolicesaid
:"Itisbelievedtherabbitwasstolenfromitsenclosureinthegardenofthe
propertyofitsownersovernightonSaturday.Weareappealingforinfor
mationfollowingthetheft."Darius'desperateownerhasoffereda$2,75
0rewardforthesafereturnofherbelovedpet.Shetoldtherabbitnappers
thatDariuswastoooldtobebred.Therehasbeenaspikeinpettheftsinthe
UKduringthecoronaviruspandemic.Darius'ownerhasappealedtothos
ewhomadeoffwithherrabbit.Shesaid:"Everyanimalisanindividualtha
tcan'tbereplaced,andit'sjustsoupsettingbecauseheissuchaloveablec
haracter."Thepolicesaidthetheftwasahigh-profilecaseastheanimalw
asacelebrityinEngland.Theybelievethethieveshavean"ulteriormotiv
e"andknowthecommercialvalueoftherabbit.TheUK'spolicingministe
rcalledanimalthefta"vilecrime"andpromisedtocrackdownonit.

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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