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Skeleton of Okefenokee Swamp’s famed alligator, Oscar, to be displayed 名鱷奧斯卡骨骸將公開展覽

Don Berryhill compares another alligator’s skull to that of Oscar’s at Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, Georgia, US, on April 23, 2008. 上個月二十三日,唐.貝瑞希爾在美國喬治亞州衛克斯市的奧克菲諾基沼澤公園,比較奧斯卡和另外一條短吻鱷的頭蓋骨。照片:美聯社

PHOTO: AP

An alligator that attracted the stares of tourists for decades will soon be seen again.

The skeleton of Oscar is being assembled. It will be put on display like a museum dinosaur.

Oscar was the most famous resident of Okefenokee Swamp Park. He roamed the swamp from the time the park opened in 1946 until his death a year ago.

The 4.3-meter, 450-kilogram beast was a tough gator. He survived a shotgun blast to the face and at least three bullet wounds. Some scientists think he was 95 to 100 years old when he died.

The display also will include what park officials found in Oscar’s belly, including a plastic dog collar, a dog’s tag, a penny and the top section of a flagpole.

“Some people think he’s a statue,” a tour guide, Danny Rowe, said of Oscar in 1996. “I tell people he’s real, but I don’t get paid enough to show them he’s real.”

The Okefenokee is a wildlife refuge in southeastern Georgia that attracts 350,000 to 400,000 visitors a year.

(STAFF WRITER, WITH AP)

一條曾吸引遊客數十年目光的短吻鱷不久後將重現江湖。

奧斯卡的骨骸標本正在進行組裝,未來將像博物館的恐龍一樣公開展出。

奧斯卡曾是奧克菲諾基沼澤野生公園最著名的駐園動物,自一九四六年公園開幕起至去年牠過世為止,牠都生活在該沼澤公園內。

這條長四點三公尺、重四百五十公斤的短吻鱷相當勇健,牠曾遭霰彈槍迎面射擊,身上至少有三處彈痕,卻仍大難不死;部分科學家認為牠享壽九十五到一百歲。

這場展覽也將展出公園管理處在奧斯卡肚子裡發現的東西,包括一個塑膠狗項圈、一個狗牌、一枚一分硬幣和一根旗竿的頂部。

「有些人覺得牠是一座雕像,」導遊丹尼.羅威在一九九六年談及奧斯卡時說:「我告訴大家牠是真的,但是我領的錢不足以讓我向他們證明此點。」

奧克菲諾基是喬治亞州東南部的一個野生動物保護區,每年都會吸引三十五到四十萬的參觀人潮。

(美聯社�翻譯:袁星塵)

Today's Words 今日單字

1. skeleton n.

骨骸 (gu3 hai2)

例: Have you ever seen a dinosaur skeleton?

(你曾看過恐龍骨骸嗎?)

2. roam v.t./v.i.

閒逛 (xian2 guang4)

例: After leaving his job, Mason decided to roam around India.

(梅森辭職後,決定到印度去走走。)

3. shotgun n.

霰彈槍 (xian4 dan4 qiang1)

例: My grandpa has four shotguns.

(我爺爺有四把霰彈槍。)

4. statue n.

雕像 (diao1 xiang4)

例: The statue was placed in the courtyard.

(那座雕像被放置在庭院中。)


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