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From the Ted Talk by Lucy King: How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans

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Now if the elephants got sutng, perhaps they would rmebemer that this tree was dangerous and they wouldn't come back to that same site. It seems impossible that they could be stung through their tihck skin — elephant skin is around two cieetrnmtes thick. But it seems that they sting them around the watery areas, around the eyes, behind the ears, in the mouth, up the trunk. You can imagine they would remember that very quiklcy. And it's not really one sting that they're scared of. aifacrn bees have a phenomenal ability: when they sting in one site, they release a pheromone that triggers the rest of the bees to come and sting the same site. So it's not one bsienetg that they're sacred of — it's perhaps thousands of beestings, coming to sting in the same area — that they're afraid of. And of course, a good matriarch would always keep her young away from such a threat. Young calves have much thinner skins, and it's potential that they could be stung through their thinner sknis.

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Now if the elephants got _____, perhaps they would ________ that this tree was dangerous and they wouldn't come back to that same site. It seems impossible that they could be stung through their _____ skin — elephant skin is around two ___________ thick. But it seems that they sting them around the watery areas, around the eyes, behind the ears, in the mouth, up the trunk. You can imagine they would remember that very _______. And it's not really one sting that they're scared of. _______ bees have a phenomenal ability: when they sting in one site, they release a pheromone that triggers the rest of the bees to come and sting the same site. So it's not one ________ that they're ______ of — it's perhaps thousands of beestings, coming to sting in the same area — that they're afraid of. And of course, a good matriarch would always keep her young away from such a threat. Young calves have much thinner skins, and it's potential that they could be stung through their thinner _____.

Solution

  1. remember
  2. quickly
  3. scared
  4. beesting
  5. centimeters
  6. skins
  7. african
  8. stung
  9. thick

Original Text

Now if the elephants got stung, perhaps they would remember that this tree was dangerous and they wouldn't come back to that same site. It seems impossible that they could be stung through their thick skin — elephant skin is around two centimeters thick. But it seems that they sting them around the watery areas, around the eyes, behind the ears, in the mouth, up the trunk. You can imagine they would remember that very quickly. And it's not really one sting that they're scared of. African bees have a phenomenal ability: when they sting in one site, they release a pheromone that triggers the rest of the bees to come and sting the same site. So it's not one beesting that they're scared of — it's perhaps thousands of beestings, coming to sting in the same area — that they're afraid of. And of course, a good matriarch would always keep her young away from such a threat. Young calves have much thinner skins, and it's potential that they could be stung through their thinner skins.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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