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Dog overboard found four months later 落水狗四個月後被人發現

This undated handout photo by Jan Griffith, received on April 6, 2009, shows cattle dog Sophie Tucker, a pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia.這張由珍.葛里菲斯提供,於四月六日接獲,但未註明拍攝日期的照片中,是在澳洲外海跌落巨浪中的寵物牧牛犬蘇菲.塔克。照片:法新社╱珍.葛里菲斯

PHOTO: AFP/JAN GRIFFITH

A pet dog that fell into the sea off Australia has been returned to its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said last week.

Sophie Tucker, apparently named after a late US entertainer, was thrown overboard as Jan Griffith and her family sailed through choppy waters off the northeast Queensland coast in November.

The dog was believed to have drowned. But out of sight of the family, Sophie Tucker was swimming doggedly and finally made it to St Bees Island, five nautical miles away.

She was returned to her family last week when Griffith contacted rangers who had captured a dog on the island.

When the Griffiths met the rangers’ boat bringing the dog to the mainland they found that it was indeed Sophie Tucker on board.

“We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us,” Griffith told the national AAP news agency.

Griffith said that when the dog was first spotted on the island she had been in poor condition.

“And then all of a sudden she started to look good and it was when the rangers had found baby goat carcasses so she’d started eating baby goats,” she said.

“She surprised us all. She was a house dog and look what she’s done, she’s swum over five nautical miles, she’s managed to live off the land all on her own,” Griffiths said.

“We wish she could talk, we truly do.”(AFP)

上週有媒體報導,一隻跌落澳洲外海的寵物犬,獨自在一座島上求生四個月後,已重回主人的懷抱。

這隻與已故美國女星蘇菲.塔克同名的狗,去年十一月跟著珍.葛里菲斯及其家人到澳洲東北部昆士蘭外海航海時,因風浪過大,不慎落水。

大家都以為她已經溺斃。但在這家人眼力所及的範圍外,蘇菲.塔克一直奮力游泳,最後終於游到五海里外的聖彼斯島上。

上週,葛里菲斯聯絡該島上捉到一隻狗的森林管理員後,她才又回到葛里菲斯家。

森林管理員帶著這隻狗搭船回澳洲本土時,葛里菲斯一家人認出船上的狗的確就是蘇菲.塔克。

「我們叫她的名字,她就開始悲嗥、衝撞籠子。管理員把她放出來後,她差點把我們撞倒在地。」

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. survive v.i./v.t.

存活 (cun2 huo2)

例: The climbers survived without food for two days.

(那群登山客在缺糧兩天的情況下存活下來。)

2. coast n.

海岸 (hai3 an4)

例: The oil tanker sailed close to the coast.

(那艘油輪駛向岸邊。)

3. drown v.i./v.t.

溺斃 (ni4 bi4)

例: A group of surfers almost drowned in the sea.

(一群衝浪客差點在大海中溺斃。)

4. ranger n.

森林管理員 (sen1 lin2 guan2 li3 yuan2)

例: The rangers work hard to keep the park clean. (森林管理員努力維持園區的整潔。)


葛里菲斯說,這隻狗在島上剛被發現時情況很糟。

她說:「然後她忽然有生氣了起來,就在那個時候,森林管理員發現了小山羊的屍首,原來她開始吃小山羊填肚。」

葛里菲斯說:「她讓我們所有人都大吃一驚。她是一隻寵物狗,看看她做了些什麼,她游了超過五海里的泳,還獨自在島上生存。」

「我們希望她能說話,我們衷心這樣希望。」(法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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