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Orphaned baby elephant is raised by human mom
人類母親養育孤兒象

Taronga Zoo’s elephant calf Pathi Harn is pictured in Sydney, Australia on March 25, 2010.
二○一○年三月二十五日攝於澳洲雪梨塔隆加動物園的照片,是一隻名為Pathi Harn的小象。

Photos: AFP
照片:法新社

Lots of mothers wake in the middle of the night to feed their babies, but not many get up to give a bottle to an infant elephant.

Jenny Webb adopted a baby boy elephant who was just a few weeks old in February. The orphaned elephant calf was named Moses. Rangers tried to find his family herd for two days without success. The calf’s mother was likely killed by elephant poachers.

The illegal killing of elephants is rife in Africa, with conservation groups saying that tens of thousands of elephants are being killed each year for their ivory tusks. Malawi’s national parks did not have the funds to raise the little elephant, so Webb took on the job of caring for the little pachyderm.

“Elephants are extremely sensitive,” said Webb. “We think of elephants as big, strong creatures but they are very emotional. Moses picks up on my feelings. If I am angry, he quickly gets upset.”

Like many toddlers, Moses likes to go outside and Webb takes him on daily walks with the family dogs. “The dogs are like his herd,” she said. ’’He socializes with them in the day and likes going for walks with them. He quickly established dominance with them.”

Raising Moses has been challenging, said Webb, “but it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have raised children, and this is very similar, but you cannot put an elephant in a pram.”

(AP)

很多媽媽半夜醒來餵寶寶,但起床拿奶瓶餵大象的可就不多了。

珍妮.偉伯兩月間領養一隻只有幾週大的小象。這隻孤兒象取名為摩西。公園管理員花了兩天時間尋找牠的象群,卻徒勞無功。小象的母親可能已被盜獵者殺害。

非法盜獵大象在非洲相當猖獗。保育團體表示,每年有成千上萬隻大象因象牙遭到殺害。由於馬拉威國家公園沒有資金養育這隻小象,所以偉伯接下照顧這隻小厚皮動物的工作。

偉伯說:「大象非常敏感。我們以為大象是又大又壯的生物,其實牠們情感豐富。摩西會觀察我的感受。如果我生氣,牠馬上就心情不好。」

和很多幼兒一樣,摩西喜歡外出,偉伯帶著牠和家裡的狗一起散步。「狗就像牠的象群一樣,牠白天會和狗狗打交道,喜歡和狗狗一起散步,很快地就在狗群中建立主導地位。」

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. rife adj.

猖獗的;盛傳的 (chang1 jue2 de5; sheng4 chuan2 de5)

例: Speculation is rife that he will be fired.

(外界盛傳他就要被解僱。)

2. pick up on v. phr.

察覺到 (cha2 jue2 dao4)

例: Some people are very quick to pick up on the emotions of an environment.

(有些人很快就能察覺到周遭的情緒氛圍。)

3. dominance n.

主導權 (zhu2 dao3 quan2)

例: The latest fighting appears to be an attempt by each group to establish dominance over the other.

(最近的戰鬥似乎是各個組織企圖爭奪主導權。)


養育摩西的工作很有挑戰性,偉伯說:「但這是我人生中最值得的經驗。我養育過孩子,和養象很類似,但你不能把大象放在嬰兒車裡。」

(美聯社/翻譯:陳維真)

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