Children - Domestic and Wild Animals
This lesson takes a closer look at how to identify some of the Philippine's domestic animals in Tagalog. Domestic animals play an important role in Filipino culture, especially in rural areas and certain provinces.
Cats are popular house pets both in urban and rural areas because they are good at chasing away common pests such as rats and cockroaches. Dogs are present in almost every household, protecting their masters' home from trespassers and keeping them company. Beast of burdens like the horse and carabao (a type of water buffalo) help out farmers by pulling heavy carts or by plowing the fields.
Poultry like chicken and ducks are raised for their meat, and unfertilized duck eggs (called balut) are one of the most iconic Filipino snacks. Pigs are sold and cooked whole on an open fire (lechon), or sold in various cuts, although beef and "carabeef" (carabao meat) fetch a higher price in the market. These are just some of the domestic animals that are valuable source of Filipino foods
Common Domestic Animal Words
Cat : PU-sa
Duck : PA-to
The Philippines is rich in indigenous wildlife. Although there are no Lions and Tigers in the Philippines, the country has its fair share of large predators like the Philippine Eagle, which is also the largest eagle in the world in terms of length, and the Saltwater Crocodile, the largest reptile in the world.
The Philippines is also home to the Tarsier, the smallest primate in the world, as well as a few other species of monkeys. There are also a variety of wild mammals and birds that cannot be found anywhere in the world, such as the Tamaraw, a rare water buffalo, and the Philippine Hornbill.
Common Wild Animal Words
Lion : LE-on
Tiger : TI-gre
Crocodile : Bu-WA-ya
Eagle : A-gi-la
Elephant : e-le-PAN-te
Monkey : UNG-goy
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