A stowaway monkey running loose on a huge cargo ship heading for Australia must be captured or killed, or the ship would not be allowed to dock, officials warned last week.
"Apparently it's quite wild," a spokesman for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service told the national news agency, AAP.
He would not identify the ship or its contents, but the agency said it was believed to be nearing the end of a journey from China, and there were concerns the monkey could carry rabies or some other disease.
The ship's crew have sent Australian authorities photographs of the animal in hopes of having it identified, but a spokesman for the authorities said the shots were not very good and showed only a "small brown blur."
The crew had no idea how the animal got on board and said they had not been able to get close to it since first spotting it sitting on top of a container some weeks ago.
The ship's captain has been told that the monkey had to be captured or "appropriately disposed of" before the ship would be allowed to dock in Australia.
The spokesman said Australian officials might have to meet the boat out at sea so it could be cleared to enter port and an animal handler would be called if they needed one.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said she hoped the monkey would be dealt with in a humane manner.
1. authorities n.
有關當局 (you3 guan1 dang1 ju2)
例: If you ever see a crime being committed you need to contact the authorities immediately.
2. dispose v.t.
處理 (chu2 li3)
例: Please dispose of your tissue in a trash can after you use it.
3. cleared adj.
通過安檢的 (tong1 guo4 an1 jian3 de5)
例: The company has very tight security, so all visitors must be cleared before they are allowed in.
4. humane adj.
人道的 (ren2 dao4 de5)
例: The Humane Society fights for the kind treatment of animals.