Bush fires have been raging in Australia for months. Forests and homes are destroyed, people, and animal are hurt or killed.
- volunteers – people who do something, especially helping others, without being forced or paid to do it
- scorched – burned; destroyed by fire
- pouch – a pocket of skin on the stomachs of animals such as kangaroos and koalas that is used to carry young
- to find refuge – to find protection or shelter from danger, trouble, etc.
- drought – a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain
- to swallow up – to make something disappear
- to discourage –to tell or advise someone not to do something
- A possum is a small brown animal that lives in Australia and New Zealand. Find a picture of a possum on the internet. Copy the picture and its URL.
NB: Make sure you have a picture of a POSSUM, not an opossum! An opossum is a different animal!
- What little surprise did the rescuers find in the possum’s pouch?
- Why are more kangaroos turning up in and near the homes of people?
- How many acres of Australian land have the fires burned down since September?
- Normally wildlife groups discourage people from feeding wild animals. What are they advising now?