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There's a horse in the living room! 登堂入室的小馬

A guide horse named Panda helps her owner get off a bus, New York City, Jan. 23, 2007.PHOTO: AP
一月二十三日在紐約市,一匹名叫潘達的導盲馬引導主人下巴士。照片:美聯社

Patty Cooper has trouble getting around and needs a wheelchair. So she decided to get an 81cm miniature horse to pull her to the bus stop and for trips into town. When Cooper is not using the horse, she wants to keep it in her living room. But her landlord said no.

The landlord is worried about horse poop, hay storage and the horse having space to walk around. But Cooper feels the horse can be house-trained and said it "just makes me so happy whenever I'm around him. I'm not lonely anymore." Cooper has already filed a humans rights complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission.

Many disabled people use minature horses instead of guide dogs to help them get around.

"It's just like using a guide dog," said Janet Burleson, who trains guide horses. "The horse serves the same function."

But unlike dogs, guide horses normally live outside.

(STAFF WRITER, WITH AP)

不良於行的派蒂.庫柏必須靠輪椅代步,因此她決定買一頭八十一公分高的迷你馬來牽拉她往返公車站牌及進城。不用這匹馬的時候,派蒂想把牠養在自家客廳裡,不過房東並不同意。

除了馬兒排泄物和飼草儲存的問題外,房東還擔心馬兒是否有足夠的活動空間。但派蒂認為馬兒可以加以訓練,還表示:「身邊有牠陪伴,我開心極了,不再感到孤單。」派蒂已向佛蒙特人權委員會提出申訴。

許多身障人士以迷你馬取代導盲犬來引導他們行動。

專門訓練導盲犬的珍奈.柏里森說:「就跟使用導盲犬一樣,馬兒也能擔任相同任務。」

只不過,和導盲犬不同的是,導盲馬一般都養在戶外。(美聯社/翻譯:林倩如)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. wheelchair n.

輪椅 (lun2 yi3)

例: Todd's uncle is in a wheelchair.

(陶德的叔叔坐輪椅。)

2. miniature adj.

小型的 (xiao3 xing2 de5)

例: Is there such a thing as miniature donkeys?

(有迷你驢這種動物嗎?)

3. landlord n.

房東 (fang2 dong1)

例: What is Angela's landlord's name?

(安琪拉的房東叫什麼名字?)

4. disabled adj.

有缺陷的 (you3 que1 xian4 de5),殘障的 (can2 zhang4 de5)

例: There are not enough facilities for disabled people in Taiwan.

(台灣的無障礙設施不足。)


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