Fri, Jun 22, 2007 - Page 21 News List

New York goes wild 野生動物新樂園:紐約


A small bird tries to chase off a hawk as it flies over a golf course at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, USA, June 15, 2007.


A hawk down in midtown Manhattan? Another bird of prey grounded across town? A lamb on the lam in the Bronx? True. All in one day.

The series of animal adventures in New York City began around 10am on June 13 when a former parks commissioner reported spotting a hawk that had crash landed. At about 11:30am, several blocks away, came a report of another wounded bird, this time an American kestrel.

The birds were rescued by the Department of Parks and Recreation, which determined they were 7-week-old fledglings shaken up while testing their wings. Both were expected to recover and be returned to the wilds of Manhattan, where a growing population of birds of prey nests on high-rises and feasts on squirrels, rats and pigeons, said the current parks commissioner, Adrian Benepe.

"It's the season when birds are learning to fly, which is not easy to do in midtown,'' Benepe said.

Around 11am came a report of a sheep running around the Bronx, in the northern part of the city. Police captured the female lamb and turned it over to an animal rescue organization, Animal Care Control of New York City.

The 7-month-old lamb caught a break, said shelter manager Liz Keller. She apparently escaped from a live animal market, where she would have been sold for food. Now she's bound for a farm sanctuary elsewhere in New York state.

"The staff named her Lucky Lady,'' Keller said. "She's adorable.'' 





Courtney: Amy, have you seen Ben anywhere?

Amy: No. Come to think of it, I haven't seen him since last week. What's up?

Courtney: He's gone AWOL. I've been trying to track him down for a couple of days now.

Amy: That seems strange. Why would he be hiding out?

Courtney: I think it might have something to do with the fact that he's lost my car!






AWOL 不假外出,曠課(職)

AWOL stands for Absent Without Leave. It was originally a military term but is often used in day-to-day speech to describe someone who has vanished without explanation.

「AWOL (Absent Without Leave)」原是軍中用語,不過日常口語上常用來形容某人無故失蹤。






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