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Gorilla in Prague Zoo accidentally hangs himself
布拉格動物園的大猩猩意外吊死

A Western lowland gorilla relaxes in a hammock inside its enclosure at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia on Aug. 15.
一隻西部低地大猩猩八月十五日在喬治亞州亞特蘭大動物園圈地內,於吊床上休憩。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

A gorilla has died in Prague Zoo after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope, zoo officials said on July 27. The zoo said in a statement that 5-year-old Tatu was found hanging with a rope around his neck Friday morning in a sleeping room. Spokesman Michal Stastny said all attempts to revive Tatu failed. He said there were no cameras in the room and it is not clear exactly what happened.

Mammals curator Pavel Brandl said Tatu likely unbraided one of the dozens of ropes the gorillas use in their pavilion for climbing and put a strand around his neck before hanging himself. “It was an accident,” Brandl said.

Brandl said another gorilla, Kamba, appeared to be trying to help Tatu when zookeepers arrived but, “it is hard to say what exactly she was doing.” Director Miroslav Bobek said the death was the most tragic event at the zoo since flooding in 2002 killed more than 100 animals.

The zoo still has six gorillas, and they are among the most popular animals there. Tens of thousands of people watched Tatu’s birth online on May 30, 2007.

(AP)

動物園官員七月二十七日表示,布拉格動物園一隻大猩猩意外以攀爬繩吊死自己。園方在聲明中表示,五歲大的「塔圖」七月二十七日上午被發現在一間臥室上吊死亡。發言人史塔斯特尼說,所有挽救塔圖的嘗試都失敗。他說,房間裡沒有攝影機,不清楚事情如何發生。

哺乳類館館長布蘭德爾說,塔圖可能是解開數十條攀爬繩的其中一條,繞在頸部吊死自己。布蘭德說:「這是意外。」

他說,當動物管理員趕到時,另一隻大猩猩「康巴」似乎有試著幫塔圖,不過「很難說她到底在做什麼」。動物園園長柏貝克說,這是二○○二年的洪水淹死這座動物園一百多隻動物後,園內發生的最悲慘事件。

布拉格動物園還有六隻大猩猩,牠們是園區人氣最高的動物之一。塔圖二○○七年五月三十日出生時,有數以萬計的人透過網路觀看實況。

(美聯社/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. accidentally adv.

意外地 (yi4 wai4 de5)

例: I accidentally knocked a glass over.

(我不小心打翻玻璃杯。)

2. revive v.

挽救;重生 (wan3 jiu4; chong2 sheng1)

例: My plants revived as soon as I gave them some water.

(我澆了點水,植物就活了過來。)

3. tragic adj.

悲劇的 (bei1 ju4 de5)

例: The tragic event occurred late last night.

(那場悲劇事件發生在昨天深夜。)


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