Knuts for you! 大家來看努特!

By Catherine Thomas and Claire Lai  /  STAFF WRITERS

Tue, Apr 24, 2007 - Page 13

This is a picture of Knut. Knut is a polar bear cub that was born at the start of this year. Knut’s mother didn’t want to look after him, so zookeepers at Berlin zoo had to help him.

Thomas Doerflien carefully took Knut from his mother. Then Thomas fed him using a bottle, a little like a human baby. During the first few weeks of life, polar bear cubs need to nurse nearly all the time. When they get to three months old they nurse about six times a day.

Everyday, lots of animal lovers come to the zoo to see Knut. Twice a day he comes into the open with Thomas and splashes in a pond, jumps on rocks and plays with Thomas, just like in the picture.

Knut is four months old and is beginning to get his adult teeth. Sometimes it hurts a lot and stops him coming out to play. Last week the vets at the zoo gave him some medicine to help him. They say that Knut is feeling much better now. (Catherine Thomas, Staff Writer)

這是努特的照片。牠是今年初出生的一隻小北極熊。由於努特的母親不想照顧牠,所以柏林動物園的管理員必須幫忙。

湯瑪士.杜爾菲林小心翼翼地將努特從牠母親身邊帶走。湯瑪士再用奶瓶餵牠,就像對待人類的寶寶一樣。小北極熊出生的前幾週,幾乎無時無刻都需要照料。牠們長到三個月大時,一天要餵奶六次。

每一天都有許多喜愛動物的人來這家動物園看努特。努特一天有兩次會與湯瑪士公開亮相,牠會在水池裡潑水,在石頭堆中跳上跳下,並與湯瑪士一起玩耍,就如同這張照片。

努特現在四個月大了,已經開始長成齒。長牙齒有時候會痛到讓牠無心玩耍。上週動物園的獸醫已開藥幫牠減輕疼痛。獸醫說努特現在感覺好多了。

(翻譯︰賴美君)