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✶呆萌水豚:動物界的社交之王 Capybaras: The Gentle Giants of the Animal Kingdom

Capybaras: The Gentle Giants of the Animal Kingdom
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呆萌水豚:動物界的社交之王 Capybaras: The Gentle Giants of the Animal Kingdom
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    When most people think of rodents, mice or squirrels probably come to mind. Most people are also not especially fond of rodents. However, a lot of people make exceptions for capybaras, the world’s largest and cutest rodents. Native to South America, capybaras are closely related to guinea pigs, and they like living near bodies of water. Capybaras are usually found near lakes and rivers in densely forested areas. Because they are a highly social species, they can be found in groups.

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  Capybaras have chubby bodies, short heads, and brown fur. Adult capybaras can grow over one meter in length, stand up to 60 centimeters tall, and weigh 35 to 66 kilograms on average. It is worth noting that female capybaras are often heavier than males.

  They mostly consume aquatic plants and grass, much like cows do. Capybaras also eat their own poop. They do this to produce good bacteria in their stomachs, which can help them get more vitamins and protein from their food.

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Words in Use
social
[ˋsoʃəl]
adj. 社會的;社交的
fur
[fɝ]
n. (動物的)皮毛
consume
[kənˋsjum]
vt. 消費;吃;喝;消耗
bacteria
[bækˋtɪrɪə]
n. 細菌(複數)
bacterium
[bækˋtɪrɪəm]
n. 細菌 (複數為 bacteria [ bAk`tIrIJ ])
stomach
[ˋstʌmək]
n. 胃
species
[ˋspiʃiz]
n. 物種(單複數同形)
chubby
[ˋtʃʌbɪ]
a. 圓胖的
aquatic
[əˋkwætɪk]
a. 水生的
poop
[pup]
n. 糞便
protein
[ˋprotiɪn]
n. 蛋白質
Practical Phrases
come to mind
 立即被想到;突然浮現在腦海

Just when I didn't know whom to turn to, my college friend Jason came to mind.
當我不知向誰求助時,我突然想起了大學時的朋友傑森。

be native to + 地方
 原產於某地
= be unique to
= be indigenous to + 地方

Kiwi birds are native to New Zealand.
鷸鴕是紐西蘭的原產

on average
 平均而言

On average, we work five hours overtime each week.
平均而言,我們一星期加班 5 小時。

請依句意在空格內填入適當的字詞
每天攝取足夠的水分以保持健康非常重要。
It’s important to ________ enough water every day to stay healthy.
據說這種肥皂可以有效殺死衣服上的細菌。
It is said that this soap can effectively kill ________ on clothes.
雪倫感到胃部一陣劇痛。
Sharon experienced a sharp pain in her _______.


 

答案: 1. consume 2. bacteria 3. stomach

一同了解世界上最可愛的囓齒動物。
  當大多數人想到囓齒動物時,可能會想到老鼠或松鼠。大多數人也不是特別喜歡囓齒動物。然而,許多人為水豚這種世界上最大、最可愛的囓齒動物破例。水豚原產於南美洲,與天竺鼠有緊密的親緣關係,牠們也喜歡生活在水域附近。水豚通常出現在樹林茂密的地區中的湖泊和河流附近。由於牠們是高度群居的物種,所以牠們經常成群結隊出現。
  水豚有圓胖的身體、短小的頭和棕色的毛皮。成年水豚身長可超過一公尺,站立高度可達六十公分,平均體重為三十五至六十六公斤。值得注意的是,雌性水豚通常比雄性還要重。
  牠們主要吃水生植物和草,就像牛一樣。水豚也吃自己的糞便。牠們這樣做是為了在胃中產生有益的細菌,進而幫助牠們從食物中獲得更多的維生素和蛋白質。

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