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‘Savvy’ croc outwits Aussie hunters 「精明」鱷魚智高澳洲獵人一籌

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A large and “savvy” crocodile which snatched a pet dog just meters away from two children has outwitted a team of Australian hunters, a report said.

The 3.5-meter saltwater crocodile remains at large in northern Western Australia despite the best efforts of professional shooters, public broadcaster ABC said on its Web site.

“They’ve spent a couple of nights up there spotlighting, doing day things as well, but mainly trying to work at night,” said Kingsley Miller from the Department of Environment and Conservation.

“It’s a pretty savvy animal. They’ve sighted it but every time they see it, it basically disappears.”

Miller said the hunters would now change tack and try to trap the animal and take it to a crocodile park.

“What we’re doing now is we’ll get the trap in using four-wheel drives, motorbikes, a small trailer and do it slowly,” he said.

“We’ve got a boat up there as well. It’s going to take a while to get it in, and it’s not going to be an easy job.”

The hunt for the crocodile was launched after it terrified the children by taking their dog as they played at a popular swimming spot in the Kimberley region.

(AFP)

報導指出,一隻「精明的」大鱷魚在距離兩名孩童僅數公尺之處咬走一隻寵物犬;在和澳洲獵人團隊的鬥智大戰中,這隻鱷魚目前略勝一籌。

澳洲國家廣播公司的網站上報導,儘管一群專業獵人盡力追捕,這隻身長三點五公尺的鹹水鱷魚仍在西澳北部逍遙。

澳洲環境保育部的金斯利.米勒說:「他們花了幾個晚上在那裡找尋鱷魚的蹤跡,白天也同樣搜索,但主要仍以夜間為主。」

「這隻動物相當聰明。獵人曾發現牠的蹤跡,但每次一轉眼牠就消失無蹤了。」

米勒說,鱷魚獵人現在打算改變策略,設陷阱捕捉這隻鱷魚後,將牠送至一處鱷魚公園。

他說:「我們現在打算使用四輪傳動車、摩托車和一輛小拖車來設陷阱,一切慢慢來。」

「我們也準備了一艘小船。引牠上鉤需要花一點時間,這不會是件簡單的差事。」

這隻鱷魚在金伯利地區一處熱門戲水景點咬走兩名孩童的小狗,嚇壞兩位小主人後,這場捕鱷行動便就此展開。

(法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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