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Grizzly bear gets swimming lessons in public pool 灰熊池塘學游泳 吸引人潮圍觀

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A 7-year-old learning how to swim is nothing new, unless it’s a 363kg grizzly bear taking the plunge.

Brutus the bear slapped the water a few times, then gingerly backed into the East Helena, Montana, pool while onlookers gawked late last week.

Casey Anderson was teaching Brutus, who was born in captivity, how to swim and catch fish for a National Geographic special called “Expedition Kodiak,” scheduled to run next year.

“I’ve had him since he was the size of a cupcake,” Anderson said of Brutus, who served as best man, or bear, in Anderson’s wedding.

Anderson grew up in the area and learned how to swim in the same pool where Brutus was getting his lesson.

Brutus, though, drew more of a crowd, and an electrified fence was put up around the pool to keep Brutus from wandering through town.

At the pool, Anderson used a fish on the end of a pole to help Brutus develop his fish-catching skills. Next up, Anderson plans to return with Brutus to the Montana Grizzly Encounter in Bozeman, where Brutus will learn to catch live fish.

Twelve-year-old Mauri Erickson walked over from her house to see the swimming lesson.

“I think it’s really cool that there’s a bear swimming in my favorite pool,” said Erickson. “He’s a lot bigger than I thought he would be.” (AP)

七歲小孩學游泳不是什麼大新聞,但主角若是一隻重三百六十三公斤的灰熊可就另當別論了。

上週末,小熊布魯特思拍了幾次水後,才小心翼翼地滑進蒙大拿州東海倫娜的池塘,圍觀民眾全都瞪大了眼睛。

為了《國家地理頻道》預計明年播放的「遠征科迪亞克」特輯,凱西.安德森正在教被人工養大的布魯特思游泳和抓魚。

安德森說:「我收養牠的時候,牠還像個杯子蛋糕那樣小。」安德森結婚時,布魯特思還擔任伴郎(或者應該說「伴熊」)。

安德森在這個地區長大,當初也在布魯特思學游泳的這個池塘學會游泳。

雖然布魯特思吸引了一大群圍觀民眾,但池子旁仍架設了一圈電網,以防布魯特思跑到鎮上晃蕩。

安德森在池邊利用一根管子末端放魚的方式,幫助布魯特思練習捉魚技巧。接下來,安德森計畫帶布魯特思回到波茲曼的「蒙大拿灰熊之家」,在那裡教牠生捉活魚。

十二歲的茉莉.艾瑞克森從她家走來看灰熊學游泳。

艾瑞克森說:「我覺得這真的很酷,有一隻熊在我最喜歡的池塘裡游泳。牠比我想像中大多了。」(美聯社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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