Really easy English news
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What was he shooting?
Photos by Bangkok Post photographer Kosol Nakachol
This was first published in December 2012
What was happening here? Was the man shooting at a criminal or an enemy soldier?
No, he was shooting at a macaque, a large six-year old male monkey. The monkey was a stray. It ran away from its home and it started running around Bangkok. People first saw it on Suk Sawat Soi 8 last Monday and yesterday, people saw it again about 5 kilometres away.
Was the man trying to kill the macaque? No, he was shooting a dart into the big monkey. The dart had a drug in it, a tranquilizer, to make the monkey feel sleepy. That made it easy to catch the macaque.
criminal – someone who has committed a crime, i.e., someone who has carried out an illegal activity or action ผู้ที่ทำผิดกฎหมาย
enemy – a person who is fighting against someone, hates somebody or who acts or speaks against somebody/something ศัตรู
macaque – a type of monkey that lives in Africa and Asia กัง
male – belonging to the sex that does not give birth to babies; connected with this sex ตัวผู้, เพศผู้, ผู้ชาย
stray – an animal that is lost or has left its home สัตว์ที่หลงทาง
dart – a small pointed object, sometimes with feathers to help it fly, that is shot as a weapon or thrown in the game of darts ลูกดอก
drug – a substance used as a medicine or used in a medicine ยา
tranquilizer – a drug used to reduce anxiety and which can cause sleepiness ยาระงับประสาท