Read the extract and complete the activities given below :
Luxurious houses on the edge of a big city which one promoter sold with the tagline ‘‘Where Nature peeps through every window.’’ All the advantages of a modern lifestyle but with the added bonus of fresh air. But nature isn’t greenery alone; it also includes wild animals.
While the view from the picture windows was easy on the eye, occasionally, it made them gulp with nervousness. At dusk, wild cats leaped out of the adjoining forest on to the top of the peripheral walls and strolled nonchalantly. Sometimes, they lounged on ledges with their long tails swinging freely, oblivious of the many worried human eyes pinned on them. Their cold yellow aggressive eyes turned black as their pupils dilated with failing light.
Some Mumbaikars paid a lot of money to see leopards on safari in Africa. But to watch them from one’s own home was disconcerting. These predators were out of line, stepping off nature into the city. Why did the leopards not stay within the 100-square kilometre Sanjay Gandhi National Park? Perhaps, the leopards thought that if people could venture into nature to jog, walk and picnic, why couldn’t they hang around apartment blocks? If people could enjoy nature, couldn’t nature savour humanity’s offerings?
Capturing leopards is extraordinarily simple. These curious cats seem incapable of resisting a free meal, walking into baited traps without hesitation. The reason the felines are attracted to their residential community is prey : stray dogs that live on rubbish heaps. Taking care of the food source is the best course of action, the volunteers said.
A1. Rewrite the following sentences as per their occurrence in the extract :
- Instead of capturing leopards we can take care of their food.
- Leopards leave their habitat and enter the human habitat.
- Modern lifestyle and nature both attract the dwellers.
- Leopards can enjoy human surroundings by leaving nature.
A2. Complete the following sentences :
- Nature is a combination of ______ and ______
- The best of both the worlds include ______ and ______
- The wild animals are out of line as ______
- The wild cats are attracted towards residential areas because ______
A3. Find out the words for leopards used in the extract :
A4. ‘‘If people could venture into nature to jog, walk, and picnic, why couldn’t the wild animals hang around apartment blocks?’’ Express your opinion.
A5. Rewrite the following sentences in the ways instructed :
- Taking care of the food source is the best course of action.
(Use infinitive form of the underlined word and rewrite.)
Nature isn’t greenery alone; it also includes wild animals.
(Rewrite it by using ‘not only ... but also’.)
A6. Find a word for each of the following expressions from the extract :
- Enjoy the taste of something
- Embarrassing and confusing to watch
- Not conscious or aware of something or someone
- Relaxed and in an unworried manner
iii. Modern lifestyle and nature both attract the dwellers.
ii. Leopards leave their habitat and enter the human habitat.
iv. Leopards can enjoy human surroundings by leaving nature.
i. Instead of capturing leopards we can take care of their food.
- Nature is a combination of greenery and wild animals.
- The best of both the worlds includes fresh air and greenery.
- The wild animals are out of line as they step off nature into the city.
- The wild cats are attracted towards residential areas because they get prey such as stray dogs.
The words used for leopards :
- wild animals
- wild cats
Human beings now own the entire globe. Humans are the most advanced animals on the planet, with highly evolved brains. They are well-aware of what they are doing. They are in charge of themselves. When they go for a jog, a walk, or a picnic in the woods, they are often not a threat to the animals. When wild animals congregate near apartment buildings, however, they pose a hazard to inhabitants and may murder or maul them. As a result, they should not be permitted to do so.
- To take care of the food source is the best source of action.
- Nature is not only greenery but also includes wild animals.
- Enjoy the taste of something = savour
- Embarrassing and confusing to watch = disconcerting
- Not conscious or aware of something or someone = oblivious
- Relaxed and in an unworried manner = nonchalantly