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edHelperName:Chinese Fable: Chinese ZodiacLong ago in China, the Jade Emperor, the almighty Chinese God,decided to have a race. The Jade Emperor was the ruler of the heavens.He announced that he would set up a system that runs in a 12-yearcycle. He called it the Zodiac. He offered to hold a contest on hisbirthday. The first twelve animals of his kingdom to arrive at the finishline would receive the honor of having a year named after them. All theanimals were very excited!Rat was ambitious. It wanted to win the first prize. Yet, it had two problems. The first was about the timing.Because the race would start at the crack of dawn, Rat was afraid that it could not wake up on time. The secondwas about the route. As the finish line would be directly beyond a swift river, Rat needed to find a way to crossthe current. Just when Rat was contemplating a solution, it bumped into its best friend, Cat. After a lengthydiscussion, the two animals came up with a brilliant idea. They decided to solicit help from Ox. Rat and Catfigured that Ox - always being an early riser and a good swimmer - could wake them up before sunrise and carrythem across the river. With their minds made up, Rat and Cat went to see Ox. Out of kindness, Ox agreed to help.Hence, the three animals formed an alliance. They promised to help each other, so they could share the first prize.On the day of the race, Ox woke up Rat and Cat and put them on its back. Just when Ox was half way acrossthe river, Rat had a second thought about the plan. It wondered, "Why should I share the glory with Cat? Look atit! It just lies on Ox's back sleeping! What a lazy animal Cat is! Come to think of it, what if Cat decides not tohonor the agreement? It runs fast. Surely, it can get to the finish line before I do, once Ox reaches the bank."Eager to win, Rat decided to get rid of Cat. It quietly crept next to Cat and gave it a push. SPLASH! Cat fell intothe river. Not knowing how to swim, Cat called out for help. To its horror, Rat pretended not to hear its pleas andurged Ox to keep on moving.Finally, Ox reached the other side of the river and climbed ashore. As soon as they were on the dry land, Ratjumped from Ox's back and ran ahead toward the finish line. Ox could not believe its eyes! It called out, "Wait forme! I thought we had a pact! And where is Cat?" Rat didn't stop. It kept on charging ahead. Just as it had dreamed,Rat won the contest! The Jade Emperor congratulated Rat and named the first year "Rat." Before long, Ox alsoreached the finish line and took the second spot. Ox was furious at Rat. It accused Rat of breaking the deal. RatChinese New Year

edHelperName:laughed smugly and said, "How naive you are! Why should I - the smartest of all creatures - share the title withCat and you? It's your own mistake to trust me!" Ox wanted to argue more, but it was not very good at expressingits opinions. Though upset by Rat's deceitful act, Ox decided to drop the matter.Then, Tiger arrived and settled for the third prize. The Jade Emperor waited patiently for more animals tocome. From a distance, he heard a thumping sound and saw Rabbit leaping toward him. He registered Rabbit asthe fourth Zodiac animal. Just as he was recording Rabbit in his book, Dragon descended from the sky and tookthe fifth place. The Jade Emperor wondered how Rabbit crossed the river and why Dragon came so late. Rabbitanswered first. It told the Jade Emperor that, thanks to its powerful hind legs, it was able to jump from one stoneto another that were scattered across the riverbed. Dragon apologized to the Jade Emperor for being late. It saidthat, on the way here, it saw people crying and stopped to ask why. People told Dragon that they wanted to growrice, but there wasn't enough rain. Feeling compassion, Dragon gathered clouds and made rain for them. The JadeEmperor was happy. He praised Rabbit for its quick wit and Dragon for its unselfishness.Next to reach the finish line was Snake. It beat Horse by a narrow margin.The Jade Emperor looked out to the river and saw Monkey, Goat, and Rooster standing on a log and workingas a team to maneuver their makeshift raft across the swift current. Once ashore, they helped each other to reachthe destination. Goat took eighth place, Monkey ninth, and Rooster took tenth.After a while, no other animals showed up. Then, suddenly, Dog emerged. It told the Jade Emperor that itcould have been here earlier, had it not stopped to play in the water.Now, just one more spot was left in the Chinese Zodiac. Which animal would come next? Rat, Ox, Tiger,Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, and the Jade Emperor all fixed their eyes on a blackdot that gradually drew closer. Aha! It was Pig. Pig told the Jade Emperor that it overslept. It was happy that itsecured the last prize!The Jade Emperor gathered all twelve winners together and congratulated them. Then, all of a sudden, heheard noises coming from the direction of the river. He turned to look what the commotion was about. It was Cat!Soaking wet and gasping, Cat rushed to the Jade Emperor and called out, "I am here! I am here! Did I win?" TheJade Emperor explained to Cat that it was too late. He only needed twelve animals for the Zodiac, andChinese New Year

edHelperName:unfortunately, Cat was the 13th animal to cross the finish line. Enraged, Cat charged toward Rat and wanted tokill the betrayer. Yet, Rat was faster. It sought refuge by hiding under the Jade Emperor's chair. Seeing this andnot wanting to anger the Jade Emperor, Cat refrained from its pursuit. It vowed that Rat would now be itsarchenemy. From that point on even until today, Rat always tries to stay clear of Cat!Chinese Fable: Chinese ZodiacQuestions1. How many animals does the Chinese Zodiac have?A. thirteenB. twelveC. sevenD. twenty2. Which three animals teamed up to cross the river with a log?A. Rooster, Monkey, and GoatB. Dragon, Tiger, and RabbitC. Pig, Dog, and HorseD. Rat, Cat, and Ox3. Why did Dragon come late?A. It stopped on the way to burn a forest.B. It stopped on the way to make rain.C. It stopped on the way to kidnap a princess.D. It stopped on the way to put out a fire.4. Jade Emperor was disgusted by Rat's cheating act, so he disqualified Rat and gave the first prize to Cat.A. falseB. true5. Rabbit crossed the river by hopping from one stone to another that were scattered across the riverbed.A. falseB. true6. Which of the following animals represents the seventh year of the Chinese Zodiac?A. PigB. RabbitC. MonkeyD. Horse Chinese New Year RZ PDQ\ GRWV RQ WKH EXJ"

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edHelperName:TigersTigers, known for their strength, are the largest of all cats! Well, while mostscientists agree that this statement is true, others argue that the title really belongs toligers.Let's do some quick comparisons. A Siberian tiger can be more than 9 feet long andweigh over 600 pounds, whereas a liger has an impressive body length of nearly 11 feetand a weight of more than 900 pounds! Wait a second! Obviously, a liger is muchlarger than a tiger, so why don't most scientists say that ligers are the world's largest cats? Well, the answer to thatquestion is that ligers are not naturally found in the wild. When scientists pair up a male lion with a female tiger,they get a liger. (If scientists cross breed a female lion and a male tiger, however, they get a tigon. Interestingly, atigon is smaller than either of its parents.) Since ligers are really the product of our ingenious matchmakingattempts, they get discredited when it comes to deciding which member of the cat family is the biggest.Tigers have dark stripes running vertically on their bodies. Except for their white bellies, most tigers wearorange or reddish brown fur coats. Rarely, we may come across some unusual looking tigers: white with brownstripes, white with no apparent stripes, or black with yellowish white stripes. These tigers, resulting from anatypical genetic mutation, do exist in the wild. Many people may think that white tigers are albinos. They are not,because their eyes are blue, not pink.Adapted to various types of environments, tigers can be found in tropical rainforests, grasslands, mountains,mangrove swamps, or coniferous forests. As long as tigers have easy access to water for drinking and bathing,abundant food supply, and lots of vegetation for camouflage, they will be able to survive. Tigers hunt aloneduring the nighttime. Except for adult rhinoceros and fully-grown Asian elephants, no animals (includinghumans) are safe from tigers.Upon spotting prey, tigers will try to get as close to the animal as possible. They can easily achieve this,because their striped fur coats blend in well with grassy surroundings and the soft pads on their paws allow themto walk in silence. Once tigers are about 30 feet away from the animal, they launch a surprise attack by runningquickly to the startled prey. As tigers' top speed of 35 miles per hour can only last a few seconds, their successrate of bringing down fast-running animals like sambar or other kinds of deer is quite low, between 5% and 10%.Chinese New Year

edHelperName:If they are able to catch up with the fleeing victim, they jump on its back, wrestle it to the ground, and bite itsneck or throat.Solitary and territorial, tigers don't socialize with each other unless they are ready to mate. Female tigersusually give birth to a litter of 2-3 cubs every two years. Tiger cubs are blind and helpless at birth, so they rely ontheir mother to nurture and protect them. Young tigers start accompanying their mothers on hunting excursionswhen they are just 6-8 weeks old, and they are capable of making their own kills at about 18 months of age. Theyleave their mothers' territory to establish their own soon after their mothers are prepared to breed again.Once plentiful across Asia, tigers are in serious trouble of becoming extinct. In fact, of the eight identifiedtiger sub-species, three have become extinct. These three tiger sub-species are the Caspian tiger, the Javan tiger,and the Bali tiger. The remaining five tiger sub-species that still exist today are the Siberian tiger (also known asthe Amur tiger), the Bengal tiger (also known as the Indian tiger), the Sumatran tiger, the Indo-Chinese tiger, andthe South China tiger. If we don't stop hunting them and start protecting their habitats, we may soon see tigersvanish from the Earth!TigersQuestions1. Which of the following is the world's largest wild cat?A. tigonB. ligerC. tigerD. lion2. What is a liger?A. A liger is a cross-bred between a male lion and a female tiger.B. A liger is a cross-bred between a male leopard and a female tiger.C. A liger is a cross-bred between a male tiger and a female lion.D. A liger is a cross-bred between a male jaguar and a female lion.3. In which of the following environments will we NOT find tigers?A. mangrove SwampsB. desertsC. rainforestsD. grasslands4. Like most cats, tigers like to stay away from water.A. trueB. falseChinese New Year

edHelperName:5. A tigon is smaller than its tiger father and lion mother.A. falseB. true6. Tigers eat all of the following, except fully-grown .A. wild boarsB. sambarC. deerD. Asian elephants7. Which of following tiger sub-species can we still find in the wild today? (Please choose two of the bestanswers.)A. the Amur tigerB. the Bali tigerC. the Indo-Chinese tigerD. the Caspian tiger8. Tigers' hunting style is to stalk and ambush.A. trueB. false9. Why do tigers' hunts often end in failures?A. because they often cannot outrun their preyB. because they cannot swim as fast as their preyC. because their colorful fur coats give their presence awayD. because they cannot jump as high as their prey10. Which of the following about tigers is correct?A. Most tigers have dark stripes running horizontally across their bodies.B. Tiger cubs leave their mother to establish their own territories when their mother is ready to breedagain.C. Tiger cubs are able to see and run immediately after birth.D. Tigers often live in a group of 15. A group of tigers is called a pride.:ULWH WKH PLVVLQJ QXPEHUV WR FRPSOHWH WKH QXPEHU OLQH 8VH WKHVH QXPEHUV :KLFK VKRZV D ZD\ WR PDNH " :KDW LV WKH GLIIHUHQFH IRU " ZRUG URRW VFULE FDQ PHDQ ZULWHChinese New Year BBBBBB VFULEEOH VFULEH

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edHelperName:Siberian TigersSiberian tigers are the largest of the big cats. Adult male tigers mayweigh as much as seven hundred pounds. They live mostly in easternRussia's forests. Some can still be found in China and North Korea.Tigers hunt at night. Their favorite prey is elk, deer, and wild boar.Tigers have orange or reddish-brown fur. They have white fur on theirbellies. Tigers are known for their black stripes. No two tigers have thesame pattern of stripes. Baby tigers are called cubs. Mothers may havefrom two to six cubs at one time. Mothers raise their cubs alone with no help from the father. Cubs stay with theirmothers until they are two to three years old. Then they go off to live alone. The Siberian tiger is criticallyendangered. This means they are at high risk of becoming extinct, or dying out. Three kinds of tigers are alreadyextinct. Experts estimate there are only about four to five hundred Siberian tigers left in the wild.Siberian TigersQuestions1. What is the largest "big cat"?2. On which continent are Siberian tigers found?A. AustraliaB. AsiaC. North AmericaD. South America3. Siberian tigers are .A. extinctB. not endangeredC. critically endangered4. What does extinct mean?Chinese New Year

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Rarely, we may come across some unusual looking tigers: white with brown stripes, white with no apparent stripes, or black with yellowish white stripes. These tigers, resulting from an atypical genetic mutation, do exist in the wild. Many people may think that white tigers are albinos. They are not, because their