The Reading / Listening - Rabbit - Level 6

One of the world's largest rabbits has been stolen from his home in England. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, is the current Guinness record holder as the longest rabbit in the world. From nose to tail, he measures 129cm in length. Police say he was abducted from his pen late Saturday evening. Local police said in a statement: "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' distraught owner has offered a $2,750 reward for the safe return of her beloved pet. She pleaded for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old to be bred.



Darius' disappearance comes amid a spike in pet thefts in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has made an impassioned appeal 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 Darius' abduction was a high-profile case as the animal was a celebrity in England and has made dozens of TV appearances. They believe the abductors have a potential "ulterior motive," and that it could be the work of organized criminals who knew his commercial value. The UK's policing minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft a "vile crime" and promised to crack down on it.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Rabbit - Level 4  or  Rabbit - Level 5

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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Warm-ups

1. RABBITS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about rabbits. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       rabbit / home / record / nose / tail / stolen / garden / information / owner / pet /
       coronavirus / pandemic / individual / high-profile / TV / criminals / commercial
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PUNISHMENTS: Students A strongly believe pet thieves should receive very long prison sentences; Students B strongly believe not. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. GUINNESS RECORDS: What do you think these record animals might be? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


Animal

What?

Why?

Cutest

 

 

Most dangerous

 

 

Most useful

 

 

Laziest

 

 

Most fun

 

 

Best pet

 

 

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5. NOSE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "nose". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PETS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Rabbit
  • Horse
  • Dog
  • Goldfish
  • Cat
  • Tortoise
  • Parrot
  • Beetle

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. abducted a. The action or crime of stealing.
      2. pen b. A building or buildings and the land belonging to it or them.
      3. property c. A small enclosure in which sheep, pigs, cattle, or other domestic animals are kept.
      4. appealing d. (of an animal) made to produce young for commercial or other reasons.
      5. theft e. Taken someone away illegally by force or deception; kidnap.
      6. distraught f. Making a serious or urgent request, typically to the public.
      7. bred g. Deeply upset and troubled.

    Paragraph 2

      8. spike h. Having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future.
      9. impassioned i. Extremely unpleasant.
      10. made off with j. A hidden or secret reason for something.
      11. potential k. Filled with or showing great emotion.
      12. ulterior motive l. Take severe measures or actions against something.
      13. vile m. A sharp increase in the scale or concentration of something.
      14. crack down on n. Stole or took away.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The world's largest rabbit was stolen from the continent.     T / F
  2. The rabbit is 1.29 metres long from its tail to its nose.     T / F
  3. The rabbit was stolen from a high-class pet shop last week.     T / F
  4. There is a $2.7 million reward for the rabbit's safe return.     T / F
  5. The article says there has been a recent spike in rabbit thefts in the UK.  T / F
  6. The rabbit was a celebrity in the UK and had been on TV.     T / F
  7. The police think organized criminals may have stolen the rabbit.     T / F
  8. The UK's policing minister promised to tackle animal theft.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. current
  2. abducted
  3. appealing
  4. distraught
  5. beloved
  6. spike
  7. celebrity
  8. ulterior
  9. motive
  10. vile
  1. secret
  2. upset
  3. precious
  4. made off with
  5. reason
  6. present
  7. nasty
  8. increase
  9. star
  10. begging

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the current Guinness record
  2. From nose to tail,
  3. We are appealing
  4. a $2,750 reward for the safe
  5. Darius' disappearance comes amid
  6. Darius' owner has made
  7. upsetting because he is such a
  8. the abductors have a potential ulterior
  9. it could be the work of organized
  10. promised to crack
  1. an impassioned appeal
  2. a spike in pet thefts
  3. criminals
  4. he measures 129cm
  5. motive
  6. down on it
  7. holder
  8. loveable character
  9. for information
  10. return of her beloved pet

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
overnight
pleaded
current
theft
bred
enclosure
reward
length

One of the world's largest rabbits has been stolen from his home in England. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, is the (1) _____________________ Guinness record holder as the longest rabbit in the world. From nose to tail, he measures 129cm in (2) _____________________. Police say he was abducted from his pen late Saturday evening. Local police said in a statement: "It is believed the rabbit was stolen from its (3) _____________________ in the garden of the property of its owners (4) _____________________ on Saturday. We are appealing for information following the (5) _____________________." Darius' distraught owner has offered a $2,750 (6) _____________________ for the safe return of her beloved pet. She (7) _____________________ for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old to be (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
loveable
vile
appeal
celebrity
value
spike
individual
potential

Darius' disappearance comes amid a (9) _____________________ in pet thefts in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has made an impassioned (10) _____________________ to those who made off with her rabbit. She said: "Every animal is an (11) _____________________ that can't be replaced, and it's just so upsetting because he is such a (12) _____________________ character." The police said Darius' abduction was a high-profile case as the animal was a (13) _____________________ in England and has made dozens of TV appearances. They believe the abductors have a (14) _____________________ "ulterior motive," and that it could be the work of organized criminals who knew his commercial (15) _____________________. The UK's policing Minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft a "(16) _____________________ crime" and promised to crack down on it.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Darius, a continental giant rabbit, is the current ______
     a.  Guinness record beholder
     b.  Guinness wreck cord holder
     c.  Guinness wreck chord holder
     d.  Guinness record holder
2)  From nose to tail, he measures ______
     a.  129cm on length
     b.  129cm in length
     c.  129cm of length
     d.  129cm at length
3)  It is believed the rabbit was stolen ______
     a.  from its sin closure
     b.  from its Zen closure
     c.  from it sent closure
     d.  from its enclosure
4)  We are appealing for information ______
     a.  following the theft
     b.  following the thief
     c.  following the thieve
     d.  following the deft
5)  and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old ______
     a.  to be bred
     b.  to be bread
     c.  to be bled
     d.  to be braid

6)  Every animal is an individual that ______
     a.  can't be replace
     b.  can't be rip placed
     c.  can't be reap laced
     d.  can't be replaced
7)  The police said Darius' abduction was a ______
     a.  height-profile case
     b.  hi-profile case
     c.  hype-profile case
     d.  high-profile case
8)  They believe the abductors have a potential ______
     a.  ulterior motif
     b.  ulterior moat tiff
     c.  ulterior motive
     d.  ulterior emotive
9)  and that it could be the work of organized criminals who knew ______
     a.  his commercial valued
     b.  his commercial values
     c.  his commercial valuer
     d.  his commercial value
10)  The UK's policing Minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft ______
     a.  a "file crime"
     b.  a "vile crime"
     c.  a "bile crime"
     d.  a "rile crime"

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

One of the world's largest rabbits (1) ____________________ from his home in England. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, is the current Guinness record holder as the longest rabbit in the world. From (2) ____________________, he measures 129cm in length. Police say he was abducted from his pen late Saturday evening. Local police said (3) ____________________: "It is believed the rabbit was stolen from its enclosure in the garden of the property of its (4) ____________________ Saturday. We are appealing for information following the theft." Darius' distraught owner has offered a $2,750 reward for the (5) ____________________ her beloved pet. She pleaded for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old (6) ____________________.

Darius' disappearance comes (7) ____________________ in pet thefts in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has made an impassioned (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 Darius' abduction was a high-profile case as the animal was a celebrity in England and has (10) ____________________ TV appearances. They believe the abductors have a potential (11) ____________________ that it could be the work of organized criminals who knew his commercial value. The UK's policing Minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft a "vile crime" and promised (12) ____________________ on it.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of rabbit is the one that was stolen?
  2. How long is the rabbit?
  3. How much is the reward that is on offer for the return of the rabbit?
  4. How does the rabbit's owner feel about the theft of her rabbit?
  5. What did the rabbit's owner say he is too old to do?
  6. What did the rabbit's owner call every animal?
  7. What has the rabbit made dozens of?
  8. What kind of motive do police think the abductors had?
  9. What did the UK's policing minister call animal theft?
  10. What did the UK's policing minister say he would do?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of rabbit is the one that was stolen?
a) a Netherland dwarf rabbit
b) a pygmy rabbit
c) a continental giant rabbit
d) a Mexican cottontail
2) How long is the rabbit?
a) 129cm
b) 192cm
c) 291cm
d) 912cm
3) How much is the reward that is on offer for the return of the rabbit?
a) $2,570
b) $7,250
c) $5,720
d) $2,750
4) How does the rabbit's owner feel about the theft of her rabbit?
a) pleading
b) distraught
c) impassioned
d) beloved
5) What did the rabbit's owner say he is too old to do?
a) run
b) live outdoors
c) breed
d) be a pet

6) What did the rabbit's owner call every animal?
a) cute
b) an individual
c) precious
d) loveable
7) What has the rabbit made dozens of?
a) young
b) happy hearts
c) holes in the garden
d) TV appearances
8) What kind of motive do police think the abductors had?
a) a clear motive
b) an ulterior motive
c) a strong motive
d) a selfish motive
9) What did the UK's policing minister call animal theft?
a) a vile crime
b) unacceptable
c) heart-breaking
d) sad
10) What did the UK's policing minister say he would do?
a) start a security company
b) protect rabbits
c) find the rabbit
d) crack down on animal theft

Role play

Role  A – Rabbits
You think rabbits are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): goldfish, parrots or horses.

Role  B – Goldfish
You think goldfish are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): rabbits, parrots or horses.

Role  C – Parrots
You think parrots are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): goldfish, rabbits or horses.

Role  D – Horses
You think horses are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which are the worst of these (and why): goldfish, parrots or rabbits.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'giant'

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  • and 'rabbit'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • largest
    • current
    • pen
    • garden
    • information
    • safe
    • during
    • appeal
    • such
    • dozens
    • knew
    • vile




    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 - Rabbit

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'giant'?
    3. What do you think of rabbits?
    4. Are there any creatures on Earth that are cuter than rabbits?
    5. What kind of pets do rabbits make?
    6. What part do rabbits play in your culture?
    7. What do you think of a 129cm-long rabbit?
    8. What do you know about rabbits?
    9. Why might someone have stolen the rabbit?
    10. What do you think the life of a rabbit is like?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'rabbit'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What can we do to stop people from stealing pets?
    5. What are the good and bad things about being a rabbit?
    6. What dangers do rabbits have to face?
    7. What celebrity rabbits do you know of?
    8. What do you think has happened to the rabbit?
    9. What should the punishment be for rabbitnapping?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the rabbit's owner?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    One of the world's largest rabbits has been (1) ____ from his home in England. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, is the current Guinness record (2) ____ as the longest rabbit in the world. From nose to tail, he measures 129cm in length. Police say he was abducted from his (3) ____ late Saturday evening. Local police said in a statement: "It is (4) ____ the rabbit was stolen from its enclosure in the garden of the property of its owners overnight on Saturday. We are (5) ____ for information following the theft." Darius' distraught owner has offered a $2,750 reward for the safe return of her beloved pet. She pleaded for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old to be (6) ____.

    Darius' disappearance comes amid a (7) ____ in pet thefts in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has made an impassioned appeal (8) ____ those who made off with her rabbit. She said: "Every animal is an individual that can't be replaced, and it's (9) ____ so upsetting because he is such a loveable character." The police said Darius' abduction was a high-profile (10) ____ as the animal was a celebrity in England and has made dozens of TV appearances. They believe the abductors have a (11) ____ "ulterior motive," and that it could be the work of organized criminals who knew his commercial value. The UK's policing minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft a "vile crime" and promised to (12) ____ down on it.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     steal     (b)     stolen     (c)     steals     (d)     stealing    
    2. (a)     behold     (b)     holder     (c)     holding     (d)     holds    
    3. (a)     marker     (b)     ballpoint     (c)     biro     (d)     pen    
    4. (a)     belief     (b)     believed     (c)     believer     (d)     believing    
    5. (a)     appalling     (b)     appealing     (c)     apparel     (d)     application    
    6. (a)     toast     (b)     loaf     (c)     bred     (d)     slice    
    7. (a)     speck     (b)     spick     (c)     spike     (d)     spoke    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     only     (b)     simple     (c)     easy     (d)     just    
    10. (a)     jacket     (b)     container     (c)     box     (d)     case    
    11. (a)     potential     (b)     residence     (c)     allergic     (d)     contractual    
    12. (a)     open     (b)     fissure     (c)     crack     (d)     bang

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. a nentntcoila giant rabbit
    2. he was dacuetbd from his pen
    3. the rabbit was stolen from its rnueoeslc
    4. Darius' dhtrsugait owner
    5. the safe return of her veodebl pet
    6. She leeddpa for his safe return

    Paragraph 2

    1. made an nspdoaimies appeal
    2. Every animal is an ddalinuvii
    3. the animal was a etbecyrli
    4. dozens of TV paaescprnea
    5. have a potential rtoirelu motive
    6. romlcmicea value

    Put the text back together

    (...)  TV appearances. They believe the abductors have a potential "ulterior motive," and that it could
    (...)  pandemic. Darius' owner has made an impassioned appeal to those who made off with her rabbit. She said: "Every animal is an
    (...)  theft." Darius' distraught owner has offered a $2,750 reward for the safe return of her
    (...)  individual that can't be replaced, and it's just so upsetting because he is such a loveable character." The police said Darius'
    1  ) One of the world's largest rabbits has been stolen from his home in England. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, is the current
    (...)  beloved pet. She pleaded for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old to be bred.
    (...)  of its owners overnight on Saturday. We are appealing for information following the
    (...)  abduction was a high-profile case as the animal was a celebrity in England and has made dozens of
    (...)  be the work of organized criminals who knew his commercial value. The UK's policing
    (...)  Guinness record holder as the longest rabbit in the world. From nose to tail, he measures 129cm in
    (...)  Minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft a "vile crime" and promised to crack down on it.
    (...)  length. Police say he was abducted from his pen late Saturday evening. Local police said in a
    (...)  Darius' disappearance comes amid a spike in pet thefts in the UK during the coronavirus
    (...)  statement: "It is believed the rabbit was stolen from its enclosure in the garden of the property

    Put the words in the right order

    1. the   world's   rabbits   stolen   .   was   One   of   largest
    2. as   the   The   holder   longest   world's   record   rabbit   .
    3. from   pen   .   was   Police   abducted   he   his   say
    4. information   appealing   for   are   We   following   the   theft   .
    5. return   pet   .   of   for   A   the   her   reward
    6. her   with   Those   made   off   who   rabbit   .
    7. was   a   celebrity   England   .   The   in   animal
    8. the   abductors   ulterior   have   motive   .   They   an   believe
    9. criminals   .   could   of   work   be   the   organized   It
    10. crime   .   police   vile   a   called   theft   The   animal

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    One of the world's largest rabbits has been stealing / stolen from his home in England. Darius, a continental / incontinent giant rabbit, is the current Guinness record holder as the longest rabbit in the world. From nose to tail, he measurements / measures 129cm in length. Police say he was redacted / abducted from his pen / pencil late Saturday evening. Local police said in a statement: "It is believed the rabbit was stolen from its enclosure / envelope in the garden of the property of its owners overnight on Saturday. We are appalling / appealing for information following the theft." Darius' draught / distraught owner has offered a $2,750 reward for the safe return of her beloved pet. She pleaded on / for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that Darius was too old to be breed / bred.

    Darius' disappearance comes mid / amid a spike in pet thefts in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. Darius' owner has made an impassioned / passionate appeal to those who made on / off with her rabbit. She said: "Every animal is an individual that can't be replaced, and it's just so upsetting / setting because he is such / so a loveable character." The police said Darius' abduction was a high-profile bag / case as the animal was a celebrity in England and has made dozen / dozens of TV appearances. They believe the abductors have a potential "ulterior motive," and that it could be the work of / to organized criminals who knew his commercial value. The UK's policing Minister Kit Malthouse called animal theft a "vile / file crime" and promised to crack up / down on it.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    _n_  _f  th_  w_rld's  l_rg_st  r_bb_ts  h_s  b__n  st_l_n  fr_m  h_s  h_m_  _n  _ngl_nd.  D_r__s,  _  c_nt_n_nt_l  g__nt  r_bb_t,  _s  th_  c_rr_nt  G__nn_ss  r_c_rd  h_ld_r  _s  th_  l_ng_st  r_bb_t  _n  th_  w_rld.  Fr_m  n_s_  t_  t__l,  h_  m__s_r_s  129cm  _n  l_ngth.  P_l_c_  s_y  h_  w_s  _bd_ct_d  fr_m  h_s  p_n  l_t_  S_t_rd_y  _v_n_ng.  L_c_l  p_l_c_  s__d  _n  _  st_t_m_nt:  "_t  _s  b_l__v_d  th_  r_bb_t  w_s  st_l_n  fr_m  _ts  _ncl_s_r_  _n  th_  g_rd_n  _f  th_  pr_p_rty  _f  _ts  _wn_rs  _v_rn_ght  _n  S_t_rd_y.  W_  _r_  _pp__l_ng  f_r  _nf_rm_t__n  f_ll_w_ng  th_  th_ft."  D_r__s'  d_str__ght  _wn_r  h_s  _ff_r_d  _  $2,750  r_w_rd  f_r  th_  s_f_  r_t_rn  _f  h_r  b_l_v_d  p_t.  Sh_  pl__d_d  f_r  h_s  s_f_  r_t_rn  _nd  t_ld  th_  r_bb_tn_pp_rs  th_t  D_r__s  w_s  t__  _ld  t_  b_  br_d.

    D_r__s'  d_s_pp__r_nc_  c_m_s  _m_d  _  sp_k_  _n  p_t  th_fts  _n  th_  _K  d_r_ng  th_  c_r_n_v_r_s  p_nd_m_c.  D_r__s'  _wn_r  h_s  m_d_  _n  _mp_ss__n_d  _pp__l  t_  th_s_  wh_  m_d_  _ff  w_th  h_r  r_bb_t.  Sh_  s__d:  "_v_ry  _n_m_l  _s  _n  _nd_v_d__l  th_t  c_n't  b_  r_pl_c_d,  _nd  _t's  j_st  s_  _ps_tt_ng  b_c__s_  h_  _s  s_ch  _  l_v__bl_  ch_r_ct_r."  Th_  p_l_c_  s__d  D_r__s'  _bd_ct__n  w_s  _  h_gh-pr_f_l_  c_s_  _s  th_  _n_m_l  w_s  _  c_l_br_ty  _n  _ngl_nd  _nd  h_s  m_d_  d_z_ns  _f  TV  _pp__r_nc_s.  Th_y  b_l__v_  th_  _bd_ct_rs  h_v_  _  p_t_nt__l  "_lt_r__r  m_t_v_,"  _nd  th_t  _t  c__ld  b_  th_  w_rk  _f  _rg_n_z_d  cr_m_n_ls  wh_  kn_w  h_s  c_mm_rc__l  v_l__.  Th_  _K's  p_l_c_ng  M_n_st_r  K_t  M_lth__s_  c_ll_d  _n_m_l  th_ft  _  "v_l_  cr_m_"  _nd  pr_m_s_d  t_  cr_ck  d_wn  _n  _t.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    one of the worlds largest rabbits has been stolen from his home in england darius a continental giant rabbit is the current guinness record holder as the longest rabbit in the world from nose to tail he measures 129cm in length police say he was abducted from his pen late saturday evening local police said in a statement 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 distraught owner has offered a 2750 reward for the safe return of her beloved pet she pleaded for his safe return and told the rabbitnappers that darius was too old to be bred

    darius disappearance comes amid a spike in pet thefts in the uk during the coronavirus pandemic darius owner has made an impassioned appeal to those who made off with her rabbit she said every animal is an individual that cant be replaced and its just so upsetting because he is such a loveable character the police said darius abduction was a highprofile case as the animal was a celebrity in england and has made dozens of tv appearances they believe the abductors have a potential ulterior motive and that it could be the work of organized criminals who knew his commercial value the uks policing minister kit malthouse called animal theft a vile crime and promised to crack down on it

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Oneoftheworld'slargestrabbitshasbeenstolenfromhishomeinEnglan
    d.Darius,acontinentalgiantrabbit,isthecurrentGuinnessrecordholde
    rasthelongestrabbitintheworld.Fromnosetotail,hemeasures129cmi
    nlength.PolicesayhewasabductedfromhispenlateSaturdayevening.
    Localpolicesaidinastatement:"Itisbelievedtherabbitwasstolenfromit
    senclosureinthegardenofthepropertyofitsownersovernightonSaturd
    ay.Weareappealingforinformationfollowingthetheft."Darius'distrau
    ghtownerhasoffereda$2,750rewardforthesafereturnofherbelovedp
    et.ShepleadedforhissafereturnandtoldtherabbitnappersthatDarius
    wastoooldtobebred.Darius'disappearancecomesamidaspikeinpetth
    eftsintheUKduringthecoronaviruspandemic.Darius'ownerhasmadea
    nimpassionedappealtothosewhomadeoffwithherrabbit.Shesaid:"Ev
    eryanimalisanindividualthatcan'tbereplaced,andit'sjustsoupsetting
    becauseheissuchaloveablecharacter."ThepolicesaidDarius'abductio
    nwasahigh-profilecaseastheanimalwasacelebrityinEnglandandha
    smadedozensofTVappearances.Theybelievetheabductorshaveapot
    ential"ulteriormotive,"andthatitcouldbetheworkoforganizedcrimina
    lswhoknewhiscommercialvalue.TheUK'spolicingministerKitMalthou
    secalledanimalthefta"vilecrime"andpromisedtocrackdownonit.

    Free writing

    Write about the lesson page for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There should be long prison sentences for pet theft. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. RABBITS: Make a poster about rabbits. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PET THEFT: Write a magazine article about making sentences for pet theft the same as those for kidnapping. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on rabbits. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on rabbits. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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