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Friends Come In All Shapes And Sizes

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Friends are so important and we often find friends in the unlikeliest places! For example, look at this gorilla and tiny duckling who got close at a zoo in New York!

Read through the article and try to decide which word fits in each gap. Then why don’t you call a friend who is also learning English and tell them the story.

Lesson by Caroline

Missing Words

Vegetarians
Unlikely
Commotion
Curiosity
Fascinated
Onlookers
Suddenly

The Gorilla and the Duck

This huge gorilla and tiny duckling became _1_ friends after the bird escaped into the ape's zoo enclosure.

Visitors to the zoo were stunned when the baby duck _2_ appeared inches from the primate.

Fearing the 90kg western lowland gorilla might react badly to the feathered visitor, _3_ held their breath to see what would happen.

But rather than give the duckling a hard time, the 4 and a half foot gorilla became _4_ with the bird and inspected its new friend with a nearby stick.

The 15 year old female ape, called Fran, happily let it waddle about before the duckling was removed by zookeepers.

Although gorillas are frequently portrayed as aggressive, dangerous killers, they are shy, peaceful _5_.

Photographer Tom Warren, 51, captured the intimate scenes at Bronx Zoo, in New York.

He said: "I went to the zoo and quickly became aware of a _6_ in the gorilla exhibit, as many of the school children were yelling 'ducky, ducky!'

"We all watched with amazement as the little duckling wandered around the exhibit, while the gorillas either backed away from it or inspected it with _7_.

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