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Task 1. Watch the video and fill in the gaps in the following sentences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzxsagVcKCg
1. Last year Ed Gernon a dog named Rex. The mix was
feral.
2. "He was , I mean he fought with other dogs and he killed .
3. One afternoon just a month after his adoption Rex became the , saving a tiny
and very hummingbird.
4. "I mean it's tiny and it's as far as I'm aware. It's covered in . It's
got no feathers."
5. Gernon had to nurse her back to life . He feeds her a special sugary
every 15 minutes from sun up to sun down.
6. Even Rex was to share his water bowl with Hummer.
7. Gernon taught Hummer how to fly using a . She sleeps in his glasses, she even
lets him a kiss.
8. Buzzing around our , perching atop our tripod, she even let me touch my
to her beak.
9. It's been more than a since Hummer arrived here and Gernon knows eventually
she will her wings.
10."It's time for her to start and I keep leaving the doors and windows open
thinking she'll leave.

Task 2. Watch the video again and decide whether the following statements
are true or false. Write T for True or F for False.
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In the beginning Rex was a troublesome dog.

Before his adoption he had no home and he hunted other animals to survive.

Rex had been with Gernon for a year when he spotted the hummingbird.

When he found the little bird, he refused to leave its side.

Gernon thought the bird was dead as it was covered in flies.

The hummingbird is now called Tinkerbell.

She has been living in Gernons home for more than a year.

Gernon gives her a sugary solution every 15 minutes day and night.

Rex lets the little bird use his water bowl.

10

Gernon used a hairdryer to teach the hummingbird how to fly.

11

Gernon leaves the doors and windows open so that she can fly back inside.

Task 3. Solve the crossword puzzle with suitable words from the video.

Across
3.
7.
8.
9.

to continue to live or exist (v)


one of the many soft, light things that cover a bird's body (n)
to take a child of other parents legally as your own child (v)
living in a wild state, especially describing an animal that
was previously kept by people (adj)
10. easily damaged, broken, or harmed (adj)

1
3

4
5

6
7

Down
1.
2.
4.
5.
6.

(of a bird) to land and stay on a branch, etc. (v)


in the end, especially after a long time or a lot of effort (adv)
the powerful effect that something has on somebody/something(n)
to care for a person or an animal while they are ill (v)
an unusual event that is considered to be an act of God (n)

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Answer Key
Task 1. Watch the video and fill in the gaps in the following sentences.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzxsagVcKCg
1. Last year Ed Gernon adopted a dog named Rex. The shepherd mix was feral.
2. "He was dangerous, I mean he fought with other dogs and he killed cats.
3. One afternoon just a month after his adoption Rex became the rescuer, saving a tiny and very sick
hummingbird.
4. "I mean it's tiny and it's dead as far as I'm aware. It's covered in ants. It's got no feathers."
5. Gernon had to nurse her back to life literally. He feeds her a special sugary formula every 15 minutes
from sun up to sun down.
6. Even Rex was willing to share his water bowl with Hummer.
7. Gernon taught Hummer how to fly using a hairdryer. She sleeps in his glasses, she even lets him
steal a kiss.
8. Buzzing around our camera, perching atop our tripod, she even let me touch my finger to her beak.
9. It's been more than a year since Hummer arrived here and Gernon knows eventually she will spread
her wings.
10."It's time for her to start mating and I keep leaving the doors and windows open thinking she'll leave.

Task 2. Watch the video again and decide whether the following statements
are true or false. Write T for True or F for False.
1

In the beginning Rex was a troublesome dog.

Before his adoption he had no home and he hunted other animals to survive.

Rex had been with Gernon for a year when he spotted the hummingbird. (month)

When he found the little bird, he refused to leave its side.

Gernon thought the bird was dead as it was covered in flies. (ants)

The hummingbird is now called Tinkerbell. (Hummer)

She has been living in Gernons home for more than a year.

Gernon gives her a sugary solution every 15 minutes day and night. (from sun up to sun down)

Rex lets the little bird use his water bowl.

10

Gernon used a hairdryer to teach the hummingbird how to fly.

11

Gernon leaves the doors and windows open so that she can fly back inside. (away)

Task 3. Solve the crossword puzzle with suitable words from the video.

Across
3.
7.
8.
9.

to continue to live or exist (v)


one of the many soft, light things that cover a bird's body (n)
to take a child of other parents legally as your own child (v)
living in a wild state, especially describing an animal that
was previously kept by people (adj)
10. easily damaged, broken, or harmed (adj)

1
3

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V E

V
5

F E A T H E R

M
7

I
(of a bird) to land and stay on a branch, etc. (v)
in the end, especially after a long time or a lot of effort (adv)
the powerful effect that something has on somebody/something(n)
to care for a person or an animal while they are ill (v)
an unusual event that is considered to be an act of God (n)

S U R V

Down
1.
2.
4.
5.
6.

A D O P T

F E R A L

L
10

L
E
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F R A G I

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You can also view the video here:

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/04/26/man-goes-the-distance-for-tiny-hummingbird-his-dog-helped-rescue/
TRANSCRIPT
Last year Ed Gernon adopted a dog named Rex. The shepherd mix was feral.
"He was dangerous, I mean he fought with other dogs and he killed cats. He was an animal that had
learned to live on the streets and to survive by his own hunting ability, I guess."
So, you can imagine the shock when one afternoon just a month after his adoption Rex became the
rescuer, "And he suddenly stopped and he would not move," saving a tiny and very sick hummingbird.
"I mean it's tiny and it's dead as far as I'm aware. It's covered in ants. It's got no feathers."
Heres the other twist in the story. This is the hummingbird now. One year after her rescue Hummer,
as she is called, is still living inside Gernon's home.
"It's crazy. You live with Tinkerbell. It's like thats what this is like." And it's been a long flight.
Gernon had to nurse her back to life literally. He feeds her a special sugary formula every 15 minutes
from sun up to sun down.
"And you find yourself doing stuff you never thought in a million years you would do.
Even Rex was willing to share his water bowl with Hummer.
"It was this little creature. This fragile creature that the whole world wanted to kill and he was trying to
protect her so I thought I'd go the distance."
And look how far theyve come. Gernon taught Hummer how to fly using a hair dryer. She sleeps in his
glasses, she even lets him steal a kiss.
While we had to start by taking video of her outside the kitchen window, Hummer soon opened up to
us. Buzzing around our camera, perching atop our tripod, she even let me touch my finger to her beak.
It's been more than a year since Hummer arrived here and Gernon knows eventually she will spread
her wings.
"It's time for her to start mating and I keep leaving the doors and windows open thinking she'll leave.
And while she's here, her little wings have made a big impact.
"I rescue this dog. He rescues the bird. The bird rescues all of us in a weird sense and it's just a
miracle." That it is.