4th Grade Reading Comprehension

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Ruby, the Elephant Artist

Ruby, a 7 month old elephant from Thailand, came to the Phoenix Zoo in 1974. She was the only elephant at the zoo. Her roommates were some chickens and a goat.

Ruby was very bored. She had no elephants around her. She was given food and everything she needed, so she had nothing to do. When staff at the zoo saw her scratching in the dirt with a stick, they had an idea. They gave her a paint brush and some paints.

With just a little bit of help from her trainer, Ruby became a painter with her own style. She produced many paintings. Her most expensive painting sold for $25,000.

Elephants have the brains to learn how to paint. But, just like people, not all elephants have the interest or talent to turn it into a "career." Ruby was one of the few who did.

Ruby's painting came to a stop in 1998 when she died from an infection. She was only 25 years old.

There are very few elephant artists left in North America. In Asia, there are programs trying to develop elephant artists. The money earned from the sale of their art goes towards protecting wild elephants.

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Where was Ruby born?
Thailand How old was Ruby when she came to America?
5 months
7 months
1 year
7 months When did Ruby die?
1998 How much was Ruby's most expensive painting?
$25,000 Where did Ruby live for most of her life?
Disney Animal Kingdom
Phoenix Zoo
Yellowstone Park
Phoenix Zoo Why was Ruby bored?
She had nothing to do.
She had no other elephants to be with.
Both are true.
Both are true. How does Ruby hold the paint brush? Hint! Look at the picture.
in her mouth
with her trunk
using her front foot
with her trunk How did the zoo staff get the idea to give Ruby paints?
She made pictures with her food.
They saw her drawing in the dirt with a stick.
Ruby kept grabbing their pencils.
They saw her drawing in the dirt with a stick.

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