Zoo argentino permite 'cafuné' em tigres e leões

27 março 2014 Atualizado pela última vez 07:00 (Brasília) 10:00 GMT

Transcript

Into the lion's den.

Visitors to this private zoo in Buenos Aires can pet and feed dangerous animals.

The owner claims to be able to domesticate tigers, lions and bears by raising them alongside dogs.

He says he keeps animals passive by never letting them go hungry.

But critics say they’re calm because they’re sedated, and that this kind of interaction is risky for both humans and animals alike.

Transcrição em português

Entrando na cova do leão.

Visitantes a este zoológico particular em Buenos Aires podem acariciar e alimentar animais perigosos.

O dono diz que foi capaz de domesticar tigres, leões e ursos ao criá-los juntamente com cães.

Ele diz que mantém os animais passivos ao impedir que eles fiquem com fome.

Mas críticos dizem que eles são calmos porque são sedados, e que esse tipo de interação é perigoso tanto para humanos quanto para os animais.

Vocabulary

pet to stroke gently (an animal or child)

domesticate to bring animals or plants under human control in order to provide food, power, or company

passive accepting what happens without trying to control or change things

sedated given drugs that make you sleepy or calm

Exercise

the lion's den / pet / domesticate / passive / sedated

1. Humans are a selfish species - we breed and _________ millions of animals for our own purposes of companionship and control, and then we complain if "too much" money is spent on their medical treatment.

2. The gorillas are being _________ for the journey, which involves two scheduled flights and another journey by a helicopter loaned by the president of the West African country.

3. "I'm not going to get any easy fights at this level, he is the WBC champion of the world. I am entering _________, I'm fighting in his home town - but I am looking forward to it."

4. The Kis-Kis Cafe - the name means Here, Kitty Kitty - charges a couple of pennies a minute to _________ a cat, and is the first of its kind in this vast region of eastern Russia, Rossiya 1 TV reports.

5. "A lot of people view the television as a very _________ thing now. It's in the corner, it's always just rolling 24/7.

Answers

the lion's den / pet / domesticate / passive / sedated

1. Humans are a selfish species - we breed and _________ millions of animals for our own purposes of companionship and control, and then we complain if "too much" money is spent on their medical treatment.

2. The gorillas are being _________ for the journey, which involves two scheduled flights and another journey by a helicopter loaned by the president of the West African country.

3. "I'm not going to get any easy fights at this level, he is the WBC champion of the world. I am entering _________, I'm fighting in his home town - but I am looking forward to it."

4. The Kis-Kis Cafe - the name means Here, Kitty Kitty - charges a couple of pennies a minute to _________ a cat, and is the first of its kind in this vast region of eastern Russia, Rossiya 1 TV reports.

5. "A lot of people view the television as a very _________ thing now. It's in the corner, it's always just rolling 24/7.