Mon, Oct 16, 2006 - Page 14 News List

New family, old nose 新家庭 舊鼻子

It might look different from the pictures you take with your mother and father, but this is a picture of a new family. These animals are called tapirs, and the one in the middle has just been born.

You can't see the faces of its mother and father very well, but you can see one part of them very clearly — their noses.

As you can see, a tapir's nose is different from the noses of most animals. It is longer, stronger and more flexible. A tapir can use its nose to grab things to eat. This is helpful, because a tapir can't use its hands.

Tapirs, like many animals, don't have fingers. They have toes though! Tapirs have 14 toes altogether. Each of a tapir's front feet has four toes, and each of its back feet has three toes.

Between its nose and its feet, you might think a tapir's body is a little strange. But it's a body that works well in nature.

Animals like tapirs have been alive for at least 55 million years!

(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)






Today's Words 今天單字

1. born adj.

出生的 (chu1 sheng1 de5)

例: I was born in 1997. My little sister was born in 2002.


2. flexible adj.

有彈性的 (you3 tan2 xing4 de5)

例: Jill is so flexible she can touch her toes without bending her knees.


3. nature n.

自然 (zi4 ran2)

例: It's important to protect, enjoy and take care of nature.


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