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  1. My cat loves around wild outside our house.
  2. He is a little too old to be this about his birthday.
  3. What's the with your car? How long until they finish fixing it?
  4. How can you think a rat is a cute ?
  5. Dogs are always ready for a and an ear scratch.
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721 Camels,Koalas,Kangaroos
Rebecca talks about creatures in Australia and odd facts about each of them.

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what's the deal

What's the deal with camels?

You can use the question phrase 'what's the deal' to ask for new information about something. It can be similar in meaning to 'what's going on,' 'what's wrong,' 'what's new' or

Notice the following:

  1. What's the deal with your new job? Why don't you tell me all about it.
  2. I have heard she is quitting her job; what's the deal?

running around wild

There's hundreds, maybe thousands, of camels running around wild in the desert.

When something is 'running around wild,' it means that nobody in controlling it, and it is doing as it wants.

Notice the following:

  1. I went to the zoo, and there were lots of animals running around wild.
  2. The children had no discipline, and they were running around wild.

a cute creature

I heard that the Koala actually is not such a cute creature.

You would call something a 'cute creature' if you thought that it was sweet and good-natured.

Notice the following:

  1. Your cat is such a cute creature.
  2. The new penguin at the zoo is a cute creature.

cuddle

I could never really understand why tourists want to cuddle a koala.

When you 'cuddle' someone, it means that you hold him in an affectionate way in your arms. Hugging someone is a form of cuddling him.

Notice the following:

  1. I would love a cuddle.
  2. When she saw him at the airport, she gave him a big cuddle.

over-excited

When I was a kid I tried to feed a kangaroo, but the kangaroo got a little bit over excited about my sandwich.

When you or someone else gets 'over-excited,' it means that you cannot control your enthusiasm and energy.

Notice the following:

  1. The children are a little over-excited today.
  2. I am very over-excited as I go on holiday tomorrow.