18 | Pets and animal stories

Today you will learn 5 new English words related to "Pets and animal stories"

TODAY’S TOPIC: “Pets and animal stories”

Studying “pets and animal stories” offers valuable benefits for you as an ESL learner. Animal-based stories often involve basic needs, emotions, and actions, providing a foundation for understanding everyday vocabulary and sentence structures. Also, pets are a common thread across cultures, allowing you to explore cultural similarities and differences in pet ownership and animal care. Today’s topic and vocabulary words will not only help build cultural awareness, but also help open doors to discussions and comparisons, enriching your learning experience. Let’s jump right in!


1 | Wary

  • Part of speech: Adjective

  • Definition: Cautious; distrustful.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The stray dog approached with a wary glance.

    2. Sarah was wary of the unfamiliar man at the park.

    3. The deer remained wary until the approaching figure stopped.

2 | Whimper

  • Part of speech: Verb

  • Definition: To make a soft, low cry, often indicating fear or pain.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The lost puppy whimpered outside the closed gate.

    2. The injured bird whimpered as it lay on the ground.

    3. The child started to whimper when left alone in the dark.

3 | Cower

  • Part of speech: Verb

  • Definition: To crouch down in fear or submission.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The dog cowered under the bed during the thunderstorm.

    2. The children cowered behind their mother when they saw the large spider.

    3. The defeated soldier cowered before the victorious general.

4 | Nuzzle

  • Part of speech: Verb

  • Definition: To rub gently with the nose or snout, often as a sign of affection.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The kitten nuzzled its mother's fur.

    2. The horse nuzzled the child's hand, seeking a treat.

    3. Lovers often nuzzle each other as a gesture of tenderness.

5 | Instinct

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: An innate, natural tendency or behavior.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Birds have the instinct to migrate south for the winter.

    2. The mother hen protected her chicks with fierce instinct.

    3. Many animals rely on their instincts for survival.


The abandoned kitten, weak and covered in dirt, instinctively sought shelter under the old porch. Its tiny body cowered in the corner, every creak of a floorboard making it whimper. Suddenly, a gentle nudge and a warm, wet nuzzle startled the kitten. A stray dog, no stranger to the harsh realities of the street, approached with a wary curiosity. Despite its own uncertain situation, the dog's natural instinct to care flickered, offering the lost kitten a flicker of hope and unexpected companionship.

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