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A potbelly too far 暴肥豬

Michelle Schmitz feeds her potbellied pig, Alaina, a healthy snack of banana at her sister's house in Winona, Minnesota, US, Nov. 5, 2007.PHOTO:AP
本月五日,在美國明尼蘇達州的威諾納市,蜜雪兒.史密慈在她姊姊家中,餵她的寵物大肚豬阿萊娜吃健康的香蕉點心。照片:美聯社

The pig in the picture is called Alaina Templeton. She is a mixed breed, part potbellied pig. But she isn't very well.

Her owner, Michelle Schmitz, had hurt her ankle. So she asked a co-worker to look after Alaina Templeton. But the co-worker let the pig become too fat. Her weight tripled in the nine months that she was away.

She normally weighs 23kg but had gone up to 68kg.

The co-worker says that Alaina Templeton foraged for chicken feed and cat food at her farm. She became so fat that a collar on her neck became stuck. She had to have surgery to take it off.

The police have filed an animal cruelty charge against the co-worker.

"I want her to be held responsible for what she did and what she didn't do," Schmitz said.

(STAFF WRITER, WITH AP)

照片中的豬名叫阿萊娜.甜普頓,是一隻混種的大肚母豬,不過牠身體微恙。

牠的主人蜜雪兒.史密慈因為腳踝受傷,把牠託給同事照顧,但是這位同事卻把牠養得太胖了。牠的體重在女主人不在的九個月當中,足足變了三倍重。

牠原本重二十三公斤,後來卻增加到六十八公斤。

這位同事說,阿萊娜會在農場裡找雞飼料或是貓飼料來吃,結果變得太胖,脖子上的項圈還因此卡在肉裡,必須動手術才能取下。

警方已控告這位同事虐待動物的行為。

「我要她對她的行為和不作為負責任,」史密慈說。

(美聯社/翻譯﹔楊鴻泰)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. breed n.

品種 (pin2 zhong3)

例: That's a tiny dog! Which breed is it?

(那隻狗好小喔!牠是什麼品種的?)

2. co-worker n.

同事 (tong2 shi4)

例: Sam is my co-worker.

(山姆是我的同事。)

3. forage v.t.

搜尋 (sou1 xun2)

例: The horse foraged for nuts in the forest.

(那匹馬在森林裡找尋果仁吃。)

4. cruelty n.

殘酷 (can2 ku4)

例: Taiwan has strong animal cruelty laws.

(台灣有很嚴格的防止動物虐待法。)


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