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Moose help fund research on themselves
麋鹿自籌研究資金!

A moose wearing some festive lights. 一頭戴著節慶燈飾的麋鹿 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

A small Norwegian town has raised money for a research project on moose by giving companies a chance to sponsor the animals.

Researchers for the town of Vegaarshei wanted to put special radio collars on 25 moose so they could study their movements for two years. But the project was too expensive, costing more than 400,000 kroner (NT$1.95 million). So they enlisted the moose themselves to help make some money.

For a 5,000 kroner (NT$24,000) donation, the team named a moose after the person or company that sponsored it.

``It doesn't cover the [full] amount per animal, but without the [help] of these sponsors, we wouldn't have been able to go ahead,'' said Helge Sines a member of the research team.

The sponsors were mostly companies, which means the moose got names like Telenor, and The Norwegian Telecommunications Group.

``We never intended to go out and promote this, but the sponsorship project was mentioned ... on the town's [Web site], and things took off,'' Sines said.

As part of the deal, sponsors can track their moose on the Internet, although they are not allowed to meet with it personally.

``We leave the moose in peace,'' said Sines. ``We do not take people to visit the moose. We don't want to do anything to stress them.''

The project will track moose movements to reduce the risk of collisions between moose and trains or cars. (AP)

挪威小鎮向公司行號尋求贊助,籌措麋鹿計畫的研究經費。

Vegaarshei 鎮上的研究員想要為二十五隻麋鹿戴上特製的電磁波項圈,進行為期兩年,研究麋鹿行動的計畫。然而,高達四十萬克羅納(新台幣一百九十五萬元)的研究經費過於昂貴,研究人員便請出麋鹿協助募款。

每捐獻五千克羅納(新台幣兩萬四千元),研究團隊便會以捐贈的個人或公司行號命名一隻麋鹿。

一名研究團隊成員海格.賽恩指出:「這個金額還不足支付每隻麋鹿所需的經費,但是沒有贊助我們就無法繼續。」

截至目前為止,贊助者都是公司行號,所以麋鹿的名字都是像Telenor或是Norwegian Telecommunications Group。

賽恩說:「我們從來沒想到要走出去宣傳,但是鎮上的網站有人提到這項贊助計劃,事情就這樣開始了。」

Reading Comprehension
閱讀測驗

1. What will the special collars do?

a. Alert cars that moose are coming.

b. Keep moose from walking in the road.

c. Tell scientists where the moose are.

2. Why did the scientists need sponsors?

a. They didn't have enough moose.

b. They didn't have enough collars.

c. They didn't have enough money.

3. Why do the moose have such strange names?

a. People think those names are funny.

b. They are named after companies.

c. The scientists gave them scientific names.

4. Sponsors are allowed to do everything EXCEPT ...

a. meet the moose.

b. track the moose on the Internet.

c. name the moose.


這項贊助的一部份,是讓贊助者能在網路上追蹤他們的麋鹿,不過,贊助者不能去看麋鹿。

賽恩說:「我們想讓麋鹿的日子清靜一點,所以沒有帶人探訪麋鹿。我們不想做任何事給牠們壓力。」

這項計劃能追蹤麋鹿的動態,以降低麋鹿跟火車和汽車相撞的可能。 (美聯社)

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