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The tranquilised leopard looks out from a cage in Vadodara, India, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007.
2007年1月7日星期日在印度瓦多達拉市,這隻被施以鎮靜劑的花豹從籠子裡向外看。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

A leopard loped into the bathroom of a home in western India on Sunday. The scene attracted thousands of curious onlookers for hours before it was captured.

The leopard strolled around a neighbourhood in western Vadodara city for a few hours before settling down in the bathroom of the Sukhadia family, the Times of India said.

"As soon as the maid alerted us, we closed all doors and windows. But it entered the bathroom ... at the back of our house," house-owner Dhiren Sukhadia told the newspaper.

Thousands of people gathered at the house as forest officials and activists tried to entice the animal out into a cage trap at the bathroom door. But the leopard stayed put.

Police felt that the noise being made by the onlookers wasn't helping.

The animal was finally given special drugs to make it calm before being taken away.(AFP)

一隻花豹周日大搖大擺地走進印度西部一處民宅的浴室內,吸引了數千名好奇的群眾圍觀數小時才被捉回。

印度時報指出,這隻花豹漫步在西部城市瓦多達拉市區數小時,才停歇在蘇卡迪亞一家的浴室內。

屋主狄蘭.蘇卡迪亞表示︰「女傭一警告我們,我們就立刻關上所有門窗,但是牠還是進入我們屋後的浴室。」

數千名民眾圍繞在屋外,林務局官員和倡議人士試圖將豹引入浴室門邊的捕籠,但牠就是動也不動。

警方認為圍觀群眾的噪音根本在幫倒忙。

最後這隻花豹被施以特殊藥劑鎮定後才被帶走。



(法新社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. lope v.i. /v.t.

大步慢跑 (da4 bu4 man4 pao3)

例: The dog loped along ahead of the wagon.

(那隻狗大步慢跑在馬車前面。)

2. stroll v.i. /v.t.

散步 (san4 bu4)

例: Zoe strolled down the pier.

(柔依漫步在碼頭上。)

3. activist n.

倡議人士 (chang1 yi4 ren2 shi4)

例: Animal activists campaign for animal rights.

(動物權倡議人士為捍衛動物權利造勢。)

4. entice v.t.

慫恿 (song2 yong3)

例: Dan tried to entice Winnie along to the dance.

(丹試圖慫恿溫妮一起來跳舞。)


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