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With a bound and some help from his friends kangaroo is free
彈跳加狐狸野豬助力 袋鼠脫逃逍遙

An undated handout photo from Alberti Circus showing baby kangaroo Skippy, left, next to his mother in Ingelheim, Germany.
這張未標示日期攝於德國英格爾漢,且由艾博蒂馬戲團提供的照片,是一頭在母親身旁,名為史其比的袋鼠寶寶。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

Authorities in Germany were hunting high and low last Monday for a kangaroo that escaped from his animal park with the unwitting help of a fox and a wild boar, a zoo official said last Monday.

Three kangaroos named Skippy, Jack and Mick on the night of Aug. 12 leapt through a hole in the fence of their enclosure made by a helpful fox, Michael Hoffmann, deputy head of the animal park near Frankfurt, told AFP.

One unadventurously stayed within the park grounds and was swiftly recaptured. The other two scrabbled to freedom through a hole dug by a wild boar under the park’s exterior barriers.

Veterinarians snared one of the refugee pair after a long chase, Hoffmann said, but the third has proved harder to track down.

The animal is no danger to the public, stressed Hoffmann. “He is super friendly, super nice. Absolutely no danger at all.”

There have been several sightings of the kangaroo still at large but he has managed to stay one hop ahead of authorities. He feeds on vegetables and grass, so should find plenty to forage, said Hoffmann.

(AFP)

德國一座動物園的官員上週一表示,他們當天上山下海,就為了找尋一頭從動物公園脫逃的袋鼠。這頭袋鼠是在一隻狐狸與一頭野豬無意間的幫助下,成功脫逃的。

法蘭克福附近一處動物公園的副管理員麥可‧霍夫曼告訴法新社表示,名為史奇比、傑克與麥可的三頭袋鼠於八月十二日晚上,在一隻狐狸的協助下,跳過他們圈地圍欄的一個洞。

有一頭生性膽怯地待在公園內,並迅速被補回。另外兩頭則經由一個野豬在公園外圍圍欄挖出的一個洞,落得逍遙。

經過漫長的追捕,獸醫誘捕到逃逸公園外兩頭袋鼠中的一頭,但尋找第三頭則更難追蹤。

霍夫曼強調,該動物對大眾沒有危險性。他表示:「牠超親切、超友善。絲毫沒有危險性。」

這頭仍在脫逃中的袋鼠,至今已多次現蹤,不過牠總是有辦法比搜捕人員早先一步跳離。霍夫曼表示,牠以蔬菜與草為食物,所以應該可以找到許多可覓食的地方。

(法新社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. swiftly adv.

迅速地 (xun4 su4 de5)

例: Most Formosan mountain dogs respond swiftly to their owners’ commands.

(大多數台灣土狗能對飼主口令,做出迅速的反應。)

2. track down v. phr.

追蹤 (zhui1 zong1)

例: Footprints help people track down four-legged animals in forests.

(足跡可幫助人們追蹤森林裡四隻腳的動物。)

3. forage v.

覓食;搜尋 (mi4 shi2; sou1 xun2)

例: She foraged everywhere in her house to find the ticket to the concert this evening, but in vain.

(她為了找今晚音樂會的票券而搜尋家中四處,但仍是徒然。)


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