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Runaway kangaroos on the loose in France 脫逃袋鼠法國樂逍遙

A young kangaroo investigates the world in the zoo in Basel, Switzerland, on March 11, 2009.

photo: EPA

Vandals set loose 15 kangaroos from an Australian theme park in southern France, sparking a major search operation.

“When we arrived on Saturday morning, five pens had been broken open, their padlocks were smashed and the perimeter fence was torn in several places,” said Carole Masson, owner of the nature reserve in southwestern Carcassonne.

“We had 15 missing kangaroos — it was complete panic,” she told AFP.

Firefighters and police were mobilized to track down the animals as they bounded through the woods.

“We found five in the park, and some more in the woods nearby. But three are still out there on the loose,” Masson said, adding that a warning has gone out to local drivers for fear the animals could stray onto a nearby highway.

“They are not aggressive or nervous animals by nature,” she said. “They’re probably just grazing quietly away somewhere.”

The theme park, which houses Australian animals alongside exhibits on Aboriginal culture and gold-digging, made French headlines last October when a pack of hunting dogs attacked and killed 44 kangaroos.











Sharon: Do you want to come to the theme park with us on Saturday?

Tom: I’d love to, but I can’t afford it.

Sharon: Don’t worry about it. I can get you in for free.

Tom: Really? How can you do that?

Sharon: We’ll climb over the fence. Nobody will see us.

Tom: That sounds dangerous to me. I think you’re sailing very close to the wind. You’ll get in trouble if you get caught.

Sharon: Maybe you’re right. I’ll think about it.








sail close to the wind 十分冒險

Someone who is sailing close to the wind is taking a big risk. For example: “By refusing to pay your taxes, you’re sailing very close to the wind.”

說某人「sail close to the wind」,就表示他做的事十分冒險。例如:「拒絕納稅是非常冒險的行為」。

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