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Flamingo flies the coop 紅鶴飛出籠

Keepers at a British zoo are in a flap about a flamingo missing since it was blown away by the storms that battered Europe in mid-January.

Florence, a pink Chilean flamingo, was caught unaware by a sudden gust on January 15 and was blown clean out of Drusillas Park Zoo near the southeast English coast.

The flamingo was sucked into the air and dumped in a nearby field —and despite a number of sightings since, worried zookeepers have failed to recapture her.

Managers have offered annual membership and entry passes for the zoo for information leading to the safe recapture of Florence, who was born at the park in 2004.

But despite their best efforts, Florence — who has clipped wings — has so far managed to give them the slip.

“It's quite difficult to catch a flamingo as when she's been in open fields she can see the keepers approaching so she's been taking flight. They're trying to wait until she goes into an area that's not as open when it's dusk, so they can sneak up on her,” said a spokeswoman for the zoo.

“She must be a cheeky flamingo if she's taught herself how to fly.”

As time goes on, zookeepers are increasingly worried about how Florence is coping on her own.

“It will be distressing for her as flamingos are a flock species,” the spokeswoman said. “In the wild, flamingos eat crustaceans and shrimps, so she's not going to come across many of those.

“She's in a very vulnerable state. She was seen feeding off the algae in a waterlogged field, but otherwise we don't know how she's managing to get food. We just want to get her back as soon as possible.” 

(AFP)

英國一間動物園內有一隻紅鶴被一月中侵襲歐洲的狂風捲走後失蹤至今,讓動物園管理員急得像熱鍋上的螞蟻。

一月十五日突然刮起一陣強風,將粉紅色的智利紅鶴「佛羅倫斯」吹出英國東南岸附近的杜希拉斯動物園。

Today's Words 今日單字

1. clipped adj.

被修剪過的 (bei4 xiu1 jian3 guo4 de5)

例: If you walk your dog regularly its toenails won't need to be clipped.

(你若固定遛狗就不必幫牠剪指甲。)

2. cheeky adj.

莽撞無禮的 (mang3 zhuang4 wu2 li3 de5)

例: David is an affectionate boy, if a little cheeky at times.

(大衛雖是個親切的男孩,雖然有時有點莽撞。)

3. crustaceans n.

甲殼類動物 (jia3 ke2 lei4 dong4 wu4)

例:The majority of crustaceans live in water.

(多數甲殼類動物棲息在水中。)

4. waterlogged adj.

浸滿水的 (jin4 man2 shui3 de5)

例: We couldn't move the car as the field it was parked in had become waterlogged.

(我們無法移動那部車,因為它停放的空地淹水了。)


佛羅倫斯被捲入空中,拋在附近的空地,儘管不少民眾看到牠的身影,憂心忡忡的動物園管理員還是無法將牠捉回。

民眾若提供安全捉回佛羅倫斯的資訊,動物園將提供成為動物園一年會員和門票作為獎勵。佛羅倫斯二○○四年在杜希拉斯動物園出生。

儘管他們使出渾身解數,翅膀被剪過的佛羅倫斯還是有辦法逃脫。

動物園女發言人說︰「曠野中不太容易抓到的佛羅倫斯,她可以看到看守人接近,提早飛走。他們會等到她在天黑時進入不太空曠的地方,再偷偷靠近。」

他說︰「她必須是隻大膽的紅鶴,才有

辦法教自己學飛。」

日子一天天過去,動物園管理員愈來愈擔心佛羅倫斯如何自力求生。

女發言人表示︰「紅鶴是群居動物,所

以這個情況對她來說很糟糕。野外的紅鶴吃甲殼類動物和蝦子,她無法自己找到足夠的甲殼類食物。」

她說︰「她現在情況非常危險,要不是有人看見她在淹水區食海藻,我們也不會知道她如何覓食,我們只希望能盡速將她帶回來。」

(法新社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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