Passive voice: hippopotamus

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use the passive voice to affect the presentation of information within a sentence.

Context: hippo

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Credit: BBC One - Nature's Miracle Orphans

Clip Description

Weighing up to a whopping 3,200kg (a weight equivalent to three small cars), hippos are the third largest land living mammal after elephants and white rhinos. They have a reputation for being bad-tempered and are widely considered to be Africa’s most deadly animal. These barrel-shaped, large-headed , water-loving mammals spend up to 16 hours a day in rivers and lakes to keep cool in the blistering African heat. However, at sunset, they leave the water to graze – consuming vast quantities of grass.

In this fascinating clip, the presenter of Nature’s Miracle Babies, Lucy, is given the opportunity to help feed two orphaned hippos, Emma and Molly, at a hippo sanctuary. Baby Molly came to the sanctuary after her mother was shot by poachers. Bearing the scars of bush pigs, Molly needs her wounds tending to. How will she react to ointment being rubbed into her skin? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Can you make a list of words and phrases that best describe how Lucy might have felt as she helped Emma and Molly at the hippo sanctuary?

e.g. weary, surprised, …