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Saving civets: students get down to wildlife conservation
白鼻心卡排水道 學生熱心搶救

A masked palm civet is seen in this undated photo provided by Taipei Zoo.
台北市立動物園內的白鼻心,拍攝日期不詳。

Photo courtesy of Taipei zoo
照片:台北市立動物園提供

Over the course of April and May, three masked palm civets were found stuck in a trench drain on the National Nei-Pu Senior Agricultural-Industrial Vocational High School (NPVS) campus in Pingtung County. Teachers and students of the NPVS Department of Wildlife Conservation embarked upon a civet rescue.

According to Lee Shih-chin, a teacher in the department, civets are nocturnal animals, and the animals had probably entered the ditch to search for food or escape from dogs. To stop more civets from getting trapped in the drain, and possibly injured, the students decided to clean up the drainage channel so the creatures could get through safely.

Lee says that before carrying out the rescue operation, the students were advised to observe the animal first: one should never touch injured ferret badgers or masked palm civets with bare hands due to the risk of exposure to germs. So far this year, students have rescued a Malayan night heron which had its eye pecked out, an abandoned spotted dove squab and a cat wounded in a trap, among other creatures. The cases have provided the students with the chance to learn and practice how to rescue and care for animals, while at the same time allowing them to do their bit for wildlife conservation.

(Liberty Times, translated by Lin Lee-kai)

屏東縣內埔農工野生動物保育科學生今年四、五月連續發現三隻白鼻心被卡在校園內的排水道中,師生遂展開救援行動。

野保科教師李仕琴說,夜行性活動的白鼻心可能因覓食或被狗追逐,才潛遁在排水道內。為避免白鼻心卡在排水溝內受傷,學生們決定動手清理排水道,希望白鼻心可以安全利用通道活動。

李仕琴說,帶學生執行救援行動前,先觀察動物情形,如遇到受傷的鼬獾、白鼻心千萬不可徒手接觸以免感染病菌。學生們今年陸續救援眼球遭啄傷的黑冠麻鷺、被親鳥棄養的小斑鳩、遭捕獸夾夾傷的貓等動物,除了學習傷救與照養技術,也為保育盡一份心力。

(自由時報記者邱芷柔)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. wildlife conservation phr.

野生動物保育

(ye3 sheng1 dong4 wu4 bao3 yu4)

2. rescue n.

救援

(jiu4 yuan2)

3. nocturnal adj.

夜行性

(ye4 xing2 xing4)

4. observe v.

觀察

(guan1 cha2)

5. abandon v.

遺棄、棄養

(yi2 qi4, qi4 yang3)


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