Discussion Points. Feb 15th-19th

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Apes going to Schools
Baby orangutans in Indonesia are going to school to learn to find food and make a nest. After they learn these skills, the young apes can return to the wild and survive on their own. The school is run by International Animal Rescue (IAR). There are 102 orangutans living at the IAR centre. The IAR cares for animals that have been rescued. Some of the babies lost their parents because of illegal hunting, habitat loss and forest fires.



Clipped Wing Generation
Two million workers in the U.K. live with their parents because they cannot buy or rent a home. Newspapers call them the "clipped wing generation" because they are like birds with cut wings. House prices are so high that many young people cannot afford to buy one. A quarter of young adults have to live with their parents or grandparents. Almost 50 per cent of people said the biggest problem was housing costs. Many young people in the U.K. move away from the family home when they start working. Rising house prices are now making this more difficult.



Elephants retire from Circus
One of America's largest circus companies will soon end performing elephants in its shows. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it would stop by 2018. All the 43 animals it uses will be moved to an animal conservation centre. The giant creatures will retire there. The decision came after protests from the public. One hundred years ago, people thought it was OK for animals to perform for humans. However, things are different today. People are more worried about the animals. The circus will continue to use other animals, such as camels, dogs, horses, lions and tigers.



New Bionic Eye
A man in Britain can see again because of a new bionic eye. An 80 year old man, became the first patient in the world to get the new device, which is an artificial retina. He suffers from a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is one of the most common problems with eyesight around the world. The new bionic eye cost $125,000. Britain's national health service hopes the cost of the operation will come down. This means many more people will be able to have the operation for free.

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