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Cross-eyed German opossum becomes Internet hit
德國鬥雞眼負鼠 網路新寵兒

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi explores her enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany on Dec. 14 last year. The female opossum was born in May 2008 in Odense, Denmark.
去年十二月十四日,一隻名為海迪的鬥雞眼負鼠在德國萊比錫動物園張望周邊環境。這隻雌性負鼠二零零八年五月出生於丹麥歐登塞。

Photo: EPA 照片:歐新社

A cross-eyed opossum in Germany called Heidi, who is not yet even on public display, has become an Internet hit, winning more than 65,000 “friends” on the social networking website Facebook.

Heidi is thought to be two and a half years old, and was abandoned outside an animal shelter in North Carolina in the United States, together with her sister Naira. She has been in Leipzig Zoo in eastern Germany since May last year.

The two sisters and a third male opossum called Teddy arrived from a zoo in Denmark, and they will make their public debut on July 1, the German zoo says on a special Internet page set up for Heidi’s apparent legions of fans.

The zoo believes the marsupial’s eye problem may be to do with her diet before she was abandoned, or because she is overweight, leading to fat deposits behind her eyes. Otherwise she is completely normal and not in any pain.

The zoo is hoping to replicate the success of a polar bear called Knut in Berlin who, as a cub, became a global media star and a money-spinner in 2007, even featuring on the front page of Vanity Fair magazine.

“You can all visit me from July 1 ... but not all 65,000 at once,” reads a “message” from Heidi on her Facebook page.

(AFP)

德國有一隻名為海迪的鬥雞眼負鼠,尚未公開亮相,就造成網路轟動,在社群網站Facebook上已擁有六萬五千名「粉絲」的喜愛。

海迪約兩歲半,她與她姊妹奈拉一同被遺棄在美國北卡羅萊納州的一間動物收容所。她從去年五月開始就住在德國東部的萊比錫動物園。

德國動物園在專為海迪大批粉絲所設的網頁指出,這對姊妹與另外一隻叫泰迪的雄性負鼠一同從丹麥的動物園抵達德國,並將於七月一日公開亮相。

園方相信這種有袋動物的眼疾,可能是跟她在被遺棄前的飲食有關,也可能是因為她過重,造成脂肪囤積在她眼睛後方。除此以外,她完全正常且未有任何病痛。

園方正希望讓海迪成為繼柏林動物園明星北極熊克努特之後的另外一個成果。克努特在二零零七年不僅是國際媒體寵兒,而且還是搖錢樹,甚至登上《浮華世界》雜誌頭版。

海迪在她的Facebook上的一篇「留言」說,「你們都可以從七月一日開始來拜訪我...不過不要六萬五千人同時來喔。」

(法新社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. debut n.

首次亮相 (shou3 ci4 liang4 xiang4)

例: It’s her debut, she’s never been on a stage before.

(她從未上過台,這是她首次亮相。)

2. diet n.

飲食 (yin3 shi2)

例: If you really want to lose weight, you should combine that diet with some exercise.

(若你真想減肥,飲食外還要搭配運動。)

3. money-spinner n.

搖錢樹 (yao2 qian2 shu4)

例: That song is such a money-spinner it’ll make me a millionaire before the year is up.

(這首歌真是搖錢樹,在年關之前,它將使我成為百萬富翁。)


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