Pets and cats

Aoshima: Japanese Cat Island

Знаете ли вы, что есть крошечный остров в Японии, на котором живут 120 кошек и всего 20 человек?) Если нет, смотрите быстрее это видео!  [?]

Cat lovers dreams have come true in the small fishing village [1] of Aoshima in Japan where cats outnumber [2] the human inhabitants 6-1. This tiny island is home to only 22 people but there are over 120 cats! The story goes that the islanders [3]  raised silkworms [4] to produce silk for their fishing nets [5]. But mice eat silkworms, so cats were kept in order to keep the mice population down! People from the island will sometimes feed [6] the feral felines [7] but mostly the cats fend for themselves by eating fresh fish.

As most of the population are classified as elderly the survival of the island is threatened [8]….But the people from Aoshima do not want the tourists to disrupt [9] their peaceful lives.

There is one ferry [10] to the island so there can only be 34 visitors every day. But there are no hotels and no shops here – only elderly inhabitants and a ton of cats. Would you visit Aoshima? Let us know in the comments!


fishing village [‘vɪlɪʤ] рыбацкая деревня
outnumber [ˌaut’nʌmbə] превосходить по численности
islander [‘aɪləndə] островитянин
silkworm [‘sɪlkwɜːm] шелкопряд
fishing nets рыболовные сети
feed [fiːd] кормить
feral [‘fer(ə)l ] felines [‘fiːlaɪnz] дикие кошки
threatened [‘θret(ə)nd] находящийся под угрозой исчезновения
disrupt [dɪs’rʌpt] разрушать
ferry [‘ferɪ] переправа

Meerkats |ˈmɪ(ə)rˌkæts| — just mere cats |ˈmɪ(ə)r kæts|

Behind the scenes of a recent meerkat photography project in Botswana. You can see the resulting photographs here:
closed-captioned by EnglishMag

The meerkat or suricate (Suricata suricatta) belong to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). It is the only member of the genus Suricata. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a «mob», «gang» or «clan». A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. Meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.

To look out for predators, one or more meerkats stand sentry, to warn others of approaching dangers. When a predator is spotted, the meerkat performing as sentry gives a warning bark or whistle, and other members of the group will run and hide in one of the many holes they have spread across their territory.

Check the video:)

meerkat/suricate |ˈmɪ(ə)rˌkæt| — a small southern African mongoose сурикат (частично похож на тушканчика)
belong to — принадлежать к
genus [‘ʤiːnəs] род
«mob» — толпа
«gang»/»clan» — банда/клан
average life span -средняя продолжительность жизни
look out for — внимательно высматривать
predators — хищники
sentry — часовой
to warn [wɔː(r)n]- предупреждать
approaching — надвигающийся
danger(s) — опасность(-ти)
to be spotted — быть замеченным
warning bark — предупреждающий крик
whistle [‘(h)wisl] свистеть, свисток
hide [haid] прятаться
hole [həul] дыра, яма
spread [spred] across [ə’krɔs] = распростарнитьcя

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