Animals on a Ship – level 2

05-03-2021 07:00

In December, a Spanish ship took 855 cows on board at the Spanish port of Cartagena. The ship traveled to Turkey but it did not get there.

The reason was a mistake in documents and Turkey rejected the animals. Turkey thought that the cattle had bluetongue virus.

Other countries rejected the animals, too, so the ship stayed at sea for two months. The journey was too long for the animals, they started to have many health problems, and then some of them died.

Spanish veterinarians checked the animals and they saw the bad situation on the ship. They decided that it would be better to kill the animals and end their pain.

Difficult words: reject (to not accept), bluetongue virus (an infectious disease which often infects goats, cows, sheep, and other animals), veterinarian (a person who looks after sick animals).

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