Mon, Nov 27, 2006 - Page 14 News List

Orangutans ready to go home 紅毛猩猩打道回府

Forty-eight orangutans smuggled into Thailand and who have been stuck in the country will be sent back to Indonesia this week.

Pornchai Pratumratanatan, chief of an animal shelter that has taken care of the orangutans for a few months, said that Indonesia will send a military plane to pick up the apes on Tuesday.

The orangutans, which had been smuggled into Thailand and were found in a private zoo, were supposed to be sent back on Sept. 23.

But the generals who now run Thailand refused to let a foreign military airplane land here at that time.

Before, 53 apes were supposed to be sent back, but an animal park in Chiang Mai borrowed five of them for a show and they were not ready to be sent back, Pornchai said. He said they would be sent to Indonesia later.

(Jason Cox, Staff writer with AP)

四十八隻遭走私且滯留泰國的紅毛猩猩,本週將被遣送回印尼。

幾個月來照料這些猩猩的動物收容所所長浦恩查表示,印尼將在週二派遣軍機接運牠們。

透過走私運入泰國,在私人動物園被發現的紅毛猩猩,原計畫在九月二十三遣返回國。

但是現在執政的將軍們,當時拒絕讓外國軍機降落。

浦恩查表示之前應將五十三隻紅毛猩猩遣送回國,但清邁一間動物公園因表演借走的五隻猩猩尚無法進行遣返,他說這些猩猩稍後就會被遣送回國。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. orangutans n.

紅毛猩猩 (hong2 mao2 xing1 xing1)

例: Orangutans look like short, red-haired people with super long arms and round faces.

(紅毛猩猩看起來像身型短小、紅毛、有著特長手臂和圓臉的人類。)

2. smuggle v.t.

走私 (zou3 si1)

例: Smuggling plants into Taiwan is illegal.

(走私植物到台灣是違法的。)

3. military adj. /n.

軍隊 (jun1 dui4) 、軍事的 (jun1 shi4 de5)

例: Taiwan's military has an army, navy and an air force.

(台灣軍隊涵括陸、海、空三軍。)


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