English Language & Literature TERM II
Factual Passage (Un-Solved)
Class 10 Session 2021-2022
Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow them:
Legends will tell you that flamingoes are no ordinary visitors to Kutch. They were the honoured guests of King Lakho and he had forbidden the hunting of flamingoes, which came to Kutch from various parts of the world every year to breed. For centuries the region has been a haven for the migratory bird. Today, Flamingo City, an island in the middle of the Rann of Kutch, known the world over as one of the biggest breeding grounds of the Greater Flamingo, is strewn with bodies of hundreds of flamingo chicks. The parents of these chicks have fled the island due to lack of food. Zooplanktons, algae and small fish that these birds survive on are dying due to a sudden increase in the salinity of the Rann waters. One can even see dead fish floating.
Flamingoes need salt-encrusted, damp mud to build nests. The place where they build their nests has to be inaccessible to predatory cats and birds. It should also have sufficient food. The right mix of sweet and brackish water in the Rann is crucial for the proliferation of planktons and algae that the flamingoes feed on. Faced with starvation flamingoes have fled the island leaving their chicks to fend for themselves. Till date around a thousand flamingoes have died.
Answer the following questions:
Question.1. What will legends tell us?
Question.2. Whose honoured guests were flamingoes?
Question.3. Why do they come to Kutch from various parts of the world?
Question.4. Where is flamingo city?
Question.5. What is this land strewn with?
Question.6. Why have the parents fled?
Question.7. What do flamingoes need to build nests?
Question.8. Why is the Rann crucial for flamingoes?