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Suspected man-eating croc to be put out to stud in Australia 澳洲疑似食人鱷將參與育種計畫

This photo shows “Houdini”, one-half of a successfully breeding crocodile pair, sunning himself at Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove tourist attraction in Northern Territory, Australia on Aug. 31, 2008. Houdini measures 4.6m and weighs 660kg and together with his partner ‘Bess’ produces a high quality nest each wet season.
圖中的鱷魚名為「胡迪尼」,是一對成功繁育的鱷魚中的一隻。八月三十一日,牠在澳洲北領地達爾文鎮的觀光景點「鱷魚灣樂園」做日光浴。胡迪尼身長四點六公尺,體重六百六十公斤;牠和搭檔「貝絲」每年雨季都會產下一窩優質的小鱷魚。
照片:法新社

PHOTO: AFP

A giant crocodile believed to have eaten an Australian holidaymaker will spend the rest of its life on a farm, breeding more crocodiles.

Human remains, thought to be those of Arthur Booker, have been discovered in the stomach of a 4.5m crocodile captured in north Queensland. Booker, 62, disappeared last month while holidaying with his wife in the area.

Because of the reptile’s size it is a protected animal that cannot be killed.

It can also not be released and under Queensland state law it cannot be displayed in a zoo, so a breeding program was the only alternative.

“Any crocodile over 4m is protected under conservation laws, so it needs to go into a facility where it can be used in a way that benefits crocodile conservation,” said a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Booker disappeared on Sept. 30 after he went to check crab pots in a river in the so-called “Cape Crocodile” region of far north Queensland.

(AFP)

一隻可能吃掉一位澳洲渡假遊客的巨鱷將被送到一處農場,並在那裡繁殖更多鱷魚度過餘生。

在昆士蘭北部捕獲的一隻四點五公尺長的鱷魚胃裡留有人體殘骸,那可能是六十二歲的亞瑟.布克爾;他上個月和太太一起到該區渡假。

因為這條鱷魚的尺寸符合保育類動物標準,因此不能將牠處死。

牠也不能被野放,且根據昆士蘭州州法,牠不能放在動物園展示,因此安排牠參與繁育計畫是唯一可行的辦法。

環境保育局發言人說:「舉凡超過四公尺長的鱷魚都受保育法保護,因此牠必須被送到一個能替鱷魚保育工作貢獻一己之力之處。」

布克爾九月三十日到昆士蘭北部的「鱷魚角」區檢查河中的捕蟹籠後,便宣告失蹤。

(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

EXTRA INFO 小小百科

Crocodiles were around at the time of the dinosaurs and somehow survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.

鱷魚約在恐龍時期就存在了,並且因為某種原因,躲過了造成恐龍絕種的滅亡事件而存活至今。


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