Reading Practice – Car-Licking Moose

Part 1 – Key Vocabulary

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deal with is a phrasal verb that means to accept and give your attention to a difficult situation.

  1. Jack is having trouble dealing with his wife’s drinking problem.
  2. Karen is a single mom who has also been taking care of her elderly parents. That’s a lot to deal with for one person

craving is a noun and means a strong desire to do something. We usually use craving to talk about our strong desire to eat something.

  1. When Anna was pregnant she had cravings for pickles and ice cream.
  2. I haven’t been to a restaurant in a long time, so I have a craving for sushi.

fix is a noun and means the dosage of drugs (like heroin) that someone needs. We use fix in casual conversation to mean the thing we have a craving for that we can’t do without.

  1. I can’t wait for this pandemic to end so that I can get my sushi fix.
  2. The first thing that I do every morning is get my coffee fix.

wander is a verb and means to move or travel slowly and leisurely. We often use the phrasal verb wander around, which has the same meaning.

  1. I was wandering through the downtown area of Brooklyn last week.
  2. Jane likes to wander in the shopping mall.

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    Part 2 – Read the Story

    Signs Warn Drivers Of Car-Licking Moose

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    With all of the things we had to be concerned with in 2020, visitors to Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada had one more thing on their list to deal with. The authorities in Alberta put up an electric sign which was flashing a rather unique warning to drivers:
    “Do not let moose lick your car.”

    What? Moose? Licking cars? What’s going on in the park there?

    Moose, which are 250Kg cousins to Bambi and other deer, have a nutritional need for salt in their diet. So the park set up some tasty “salt licks” for the moose to satisfy their cravings. But it seems that recently, the moose have figured out that they can also get their salt fix from cars. Salt is used on roads to melt snow, and when cars drive over salted roads, the salty water splashes on the cars and then dries, leaving a nice salt coating on the cars. Yummy!

    The moose have been wandering near the park roads, where some visitors stop their cars to see or photograph the animals, maybe for a moose-selfy, and the moose discovered just how tasty the cars are. The problem is that it’s very dangerous for both the moose and the drivers. It’s similar to the issue of feeding bread to ducks in pond. If the ducks get used to humans giving them food, they will get too used to that and lose their ability to find food on their own. Park officials don’t want the moose to get bad habits. As well, you can imagine the damage that can happen to a car if it hits one of these creatures.

    So if you happen to visit Jasper National Park enjoy the view, but don’t let the moose lick your car.


    Original Article: https://www.npr.org/2020/11/19/936567316/canadians-in-alberta-are-warned-dont-let-moose-lick-your-car


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