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Animals found on more than one continent

angora

noun

a type of goat, rabbit, or cat that has long soft hair

anteater

noun

a tropical animal with a very long nose and tongue that eats ants and other small insects

antelope

noun

a brown animal with horns and long thin legs that can run very fast. Antelopes live mainly in Africa and Asia.

ass

noun

a donkey

badger

noun

a wild animal that lives in a hole in the ground and has short legs and thick dark fur with a white area on its head

bat

noun

a small animal that flies at night and looks like a mouse with large wings

bear

noun

a large wild animal with thick fur. There are several different types of bears, for example the polar bear and the grizzly bear. A young bear is called a bear cub.

bison

noun

a large wild animal like a cow with long hair and a big head. One type lives in North America and the other in Europe.

boar

noun

a wild boar

buffalo

noun

a large wild animal like a cow with a large head and thick hair on its neck and shoulders

burro

noun

a small donkey

camel

noun

a large animal with a long neck and one or two humps (=large round raised parts) on its back. It is often used in deserts for carrying people or things.

cat

noun

an animal with soft fur, a long thin tail, and whiskers, that people keep as a pet or for catching mice. A young cat is called a kitten.

chamois

noun

a wild animal similar to a goat that lives in the mountains of Europe and Asia

chipmunk

noun

a small furry Asian and North American animal with a long tail and bands of darker colour on its back

civet

noun

an African or Asian animal similar to a cat

deer

noun

a large brown animal with long thin legs. The adult male deer is called a stag and may have antlers growing from its head. The female deer is called a doe and a young deer is called a fawn.

donkey

noun

a grey or brown animal similar to a horse, but smaller and with long ears. In some countries it is used for riding and for pulling or carrying heavy loads. The sound that a donkey makes is called braying.

dormouse

noun

a small European animal similar to a mouse but with a furry tail

elk

noun

a type of large deer that lives in Europe and Asia

ermine

noun

a small thin animal of the weasel family whose fur is white in the winter

fallow deer

noun

a small European deer that has white spots on its fur

ferret

noun

a small thin furry animal with a long tail that people use for hunting rabbits and rats

fieldmouse

noun

a type of mouse with a long tail that lives mainly in fields

flying fox

noun

a fruitbat

fox

noun

a wild animal similar to a small dog, with red-brown fur, a pointed face, and a thick tail

fruitbat

noun

a bat that eats fruit and lives in tropical regions

gazelle

noun

a small brown African or Asian animal similar to a deer, with long thin legs and large eyes

gerbil

noun

a small animal like a mouse with long back legs, that children often keep as a pet

goat

noun

an animal similar to a sheep but with longer legs and a thinner coat. The male goat is called a billy goat and the female is called a nanny goat. A young goat is called a kid.

guinea pig

noun

a small animal with fur, short ears, and no tail. It is often kept as a pet.

hamster

noun

a very small furry animal with a short tail, kept as a pet

hare

noun

an animal similar to a rabbit, but with a bigger body and longer ears and legs, that can run very fast

hedgehog

noun

a small wild animal with a round body covered with sharp spikes for protection. A hedgehog forms a shape like a ball when it is threatened.

horse

noun

a large animal that people ride. The sound that a horse makes is called neighing. The male horse is called a stallion and the female is called a mare. A young horse is called a foal.

ibex

noun

a type of wild goat with long curved horns that lives in the mountains of Europe, Asia, and North Africa

jackal

noun

a wild animal like a dog that lives in Asia and Africa

lemming

noun

a small animal similar to a mouse that travels in large groups and often follows other lemmings into dangerous situations

marmot

noun

a small brown animal that lives underground in northern countries and sleeps during the winter

marten

noun

a small animal that lives in trees and has a long body, short legs, and soft brown fur

mink

noun

a small animal that is kept for its thick dark fur

mole

noun

a small animal with dark fur that digs underground and cannot see well

mongoose

noun

a small furry animal with a long tail that lives in Asia and Africa and eats snakes and other small animals

moose

noun

a large deer that lives in North America, northern Europe, and Asia

mouse

noun

a small furry animal with a long tail

mule

noun

an animal that has a horse as its mother and a donkey as its father, and is used for carrying heavy loads

opossum

noun

an animal found in North America and Australia with thick fur and a long tail. The mother carries her babies inside a pouch on her body.

otter

noun

an animal that has a long body covered in brown fur and that can swim very well

pine marten

noun

a small furry animal that lives in forests in Europe

polar bear

noun

a large white bear that lives in areas near the North Pole

polecat

noun

a small European or Asian wild animal that produces an unpleasant smell

porcupine

noun

a small animal whose back is covered with hairs that have sharp points that it uses to defend itself by making them point up

possum

noun

an opossum

rabbit

noun

a small animal with long ears and soft fur that some people keep as a pet

rat

noun

an animal like a large mouse with a long tail

reindeer

noun

an animal like a deer with large antlers growing from its head that lives in the Arctic and in northern regions of Europe and America

rhino

noun

a rhinoceros

rhinoceros

noun

a large animal with very thick grey skin and one or two horns on its nose. It lives mainly in southern Asia and Africa.

roe deer

noun

a European or Asian deer that lives in forests

sable

noun

a small animal whose fur is used for making expensive coats, hats etc

scorpion

noun

an animal like a large insect with a long curved tail containing a poisonous sting. Scorpions live in hot dry places.

shrew

noun

a small animal that looks like a mouse with a pointed nose

squirrel

noun

a grey or red-brown animal with a long thick tail that lives in trees

stoat

noun

a small thin animal with brown fur that lives in forests and kills other animals

tapir

noun

an animal that has a long nose and lives in tropical forests

tortoise

noun

an animal that walks slowly and can pull its head and legs into the shell on its back

vole

noun

a small animal similar to a mouse but with a short tail

water vole

noun

a small furry animal like a mouse that lives near lakes and rivers

weasel

noun

a small thin animal with brown fur, short legs, and a long tail that hunts its food

wild boar

noun

a wild pig

wolf

noun

a wild animal similar to a large dog that lives in groups

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