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Japanese turtle to get artificial limbs 日本烏龜裝義肢

This combo picture taken on Dec. 13, 2008 and released from the non-profit Sea Turtle Association of Japan on Feb. 16, 2009, shows an injured loggerhead sea turtle, which is suffering from severed forelimbs, in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan.
非營利組織「日本海龜協會」今年二月十六日公佈這組攝於二OO八年十二月十三日的照片,照片中是日本西部兵庫縣神戶市一隻前肢被截斷的受傷紅海龜。照片:法新社�日本海龜協會

PHOTO: AFP/THE SEA TURTLE ASSOCIATION OF JAPAN

A Japanese conservation group has said it plans to fit artificial front limbs to a sea turtle injured in a shark attack.

“We need to pay special attention as the limbs will have to be strong enough to (allow her) to climb up a beach,” Erika Akai, a researcher at the Sea Turtle Association of Japan, told AFP.

“She should eventually be able to lay eggs on a beach.”

The injured sea turtle, with a 74cm long shell, was named Yu after being rescued off southwestern Japan last summer, Akai said.

“Since we cannot release her like this, because her swimming ability is only at 60 percent of that of a healthy turtle, we decided to make prosthetic fins for her,” said Akai.

The association has set up a fund and asked Japan’s largest artificial limb maker in western Osaka prefecture to make the artificial fins.

(AFP)

日本一個保育團體表示,他們計畫為一隻遭鯊魚攻擊而失去前肢的海龜裝上義肢。

日本海龜協會研究員赤井繪里香對法新社說:「我們必須特別注意,因為這義肢必須堅固到足以(支撐她)爬上岸。」

「她最終必須要能回到沙灘上產卵。」

赤井表示,這隻受傷海龜去年夏天在日本西南部海域被救上岸後,被取名叫「悠」,她的龜殼有七十四公分長。

赤井說:「我們不能讓她在這樣的狀況下回到海裡,因為她的划水能力只有正常海龜的六成,所以我們決定替她裝義肢。」

該協會已成立一筆基金,並央請位於西部大阪縣的最大義肢製造商為她量身訂做義肢。

(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. conservation n.

保育 (bao3 yu4)

例: Steve has joined a conservation group to protect the local woodland.

(史提夫加入了一個保育當地林地的保育團體。)

2. artificial adj.

人工的 (ren2 gong1 de5)

: The victim had to get an artificial leg fitted.

(那個被害人得裝上義肢。)

3. eventually adv.

最終 (zui4 zhong1)

: We eventually saved enough money to afford a new washing machine.

(我們終於存夠錢買新洗衣機了。)

4. fund n.

基金 (ji1 jin1)

例: Lisa has set up a fund to raise money for injured horses.

(麗莎成立了一個為受傷馬匹募款的基金。)


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