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)
1. survive v.i./v.t.
存活 (cun2 huo2)
例: The climbers survived without food for two days.
2. coast n.
海岸 (hai3 an4)
例: The oil tanker sailed close to the coast.
3. drown v.i./v.t.
溺斃 (ni4 bi4)
例: A group of surfers almost drowned in the sea.
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。)