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Don't have a cow! 還是別養牛

Police have written more than US$2,000 (NT$65,980) worth of fines to an 85-year-old farmer, Hiram Wilburn, about his cows.

The cows have escaped his farm through a hole in his fence at least 70 times since early December.

The one-tonne (1,000kg), long-haired beasts have been blamed for at least three accidents. People who live in the town say the animals eat gardens and lawns — and are scary to have around.

``They're huge — those horns — you don't know if they're going to attack or what they're going to do,'' said Sharri Matronic, adding that the cows have destroyed a wall in her yard and eaten her plants.

One of the cows even visited the police! Police Officer Rich Michelsen was working when one of the Scottish Highland longhorns came to the police station.

Officer Michelsen got into his cruiser, turned on the flashing lights and guided the cow home! 

(Catherine Thomas, staff writer with AP)

一位八十五歲的農夫哈蘭姆.威伯恩因為他的牛闖禍,被警察開了超過兩千美元(新台幣六萬五千九百八十元)的罰單。

自去年十二月初以來,威伯恩的牛從他農場籬笆的洞口逃走至少七十次。

這些重達一噸(一千公斤)的長毛怪物至少造成三起意外,鎮上的居民指出這些牛會吃花園裡的植物和草皮,讓鎮民感到恐慌。

莎莉.馬托尼克表示︰「牠們體積龐大…那些牛角…你不知道牠們是要攻擊,還是要做什麼。」還說那些牛已經毀了她後院的一面牆,吃了她的植物。

其中一隻牛甚至還拜訪警察!瑞奇.米克森警官在執勤時,一隻蘇格蘭高地長角牛就這麼走進警察局。

米克森警官於是坐上他的巡邏車,打開警燈,帶這隻牛回家。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. fine n.

罰金 (fa2 jin1)

例: If you drive too fast, you may have to pay a fine.

(你如果開太快就會被罰錢。)

2. beast n.

龐大的動物 (pang2 da4 de5 dong4 wu4)

例: The lion is a scarey beast.

(獅子是很可怕的野獸。)

3. horn n.

角 (jiao3)

例: Goats, rhinos and cows all have horns.

(山羊、犀牛和母牛都有角。)

4. cruiser n.

巡邏車 (xun2 luo2 che1)

例: Police in the countryside often drive cruisers.

(鄉下的警察通常都開著巡邏車。)


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