Asha the elephant playing football in Budapest Zoo

Asha the elephant playing football in Budapest Zoo

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Aranyos hír, a magyar kiselefántról, aki most épp focizni tanul. 

Asha’s “golden feet”

Asha, the two and a half year old elephant calf, does not look down on the pleasures of football...

It is always key that suitable activities and opportunities to play are provided to zoo animals. Environmental enrichment is really all about this: in one of its forms, animals are given different toys to play with. In our zoo, elephants are given, among other things, special balls that can withstand their weight and physical strength.

Asha, the small elephant born in February 2013, is particularly fond of this special elephant-proof ball and so attentive visitors are often rewarded with scenes of golden-footed Asha performing exciting footballing feats. We have recorded some frames of these as well.

This Asian Elephant was born early in the morning on Valentine’s Day at Zoo Budapest, after a 22-month gestation in 2013. The mother is then 12-year-old Angele, and her father is named Assam. A public vote was held on the zoo's website to name the baby elephant. The choices all began with the letter A, to mirror her parent's names. They were: Asha, Anita, Angyalka, Amelie, Aishwarya, Aurora. The winning moniker was Asha.

Budapest Zoo considered this a very important event, as this was the first Elephant birth there since 1961.

source: zoobudapest.com

Can you match the words with their definition?

1.calf

a. the process or period of developing inside the womb between conception and birth

2.gestation

b. a name

3.vote

c. an act or product of skill

4.feat

d. the young of various large animals (as the elephant or whale).

5.moniker

e. the ​expression of ​your ​choice or ​opinion

Key:

1. d.

2. a.

3. e.

4. c.

5. b.

Vocabulary

calf

borjú

to look down on

lenézni, megvetni valamit

to provide

biztosítani

environmental

környezeti

enrichment

javítás, gazdagítás

to withstand

ellenállni

elephant-proof

“elefánt-biztos”

attentive

figyelmes

to reward sy with

jutalmazni valakit

feat

mutatvány

gestation

terhesség

vote

szavazás

to mirror

tükrözni, visszatükrözni

moniker

név

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