Malian authorities will give French President Francois Hollande another camel after the one they gave him in thanks for helping repel Islamist rebels was killed and eaten by the family he left it with in Timbuktu, an official in Mali said.
“As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel,” said the official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
“The new camel will be sent to Paris. We are ashamed of what happened to the camel. It was a present that did not deserve this fate.”
Hollande was presented with the camel when he visited Mali in February several weeks after dispatching French troops to the former colony to help combat al Qaeda-linked fighters moving south from a base in the north of the country.
The president joked at the time about using the camel to get around Paris, which often suffers from traffic jams, but he chose in the end to leave it with a family in the town on the edge of the Sahara desert.
1. leave with v. phr.
託付給人照顧 (tuo1 fu4 gei3 ren2 zhao4 gu4)
例:Can I leave my kid with you while I shop?
2. ashamed adj.
感到丟臉的 (gan3 dao4 diu1 lian3 de5)
例: She’s ashamed of her husband’s behavior.
3. get around v. phr.
繞過；避開 (rao4 guo4; bi4 kai1)
例: Let’s get around to the back of the building.