Kangaroo dies hours after tranquilizer capture in Indiana, USA 中箭袋鼠離奇暴斃

Thu, Jun 14, 2007 - Page 17

A 1.83m tall kangaroo that surprised residents as it bounded through rural central Indiana, USA died on June 4 after authorities used a tranquilizer dart to capture it.

Hancock County Animal Control officers helped capture the pet kangaroo, named Skippy.

The cause of Skippy's death was not known, said Kenny McConahay, an animal control officer.

The amount of tranquilizer used in the dart was only half of the recommended dose, McConahay said.

Skippy got loose on June 1 when two teenage girls opened his cage.

Neighbor Jim Greider saw the kangaroo run across his property the same night and thought it was a huge rabbit.

"I didn't even know my neighbor had a kangaroo," said Greider.

Indiana does not require a permit to keep kangaroos.

"I can't imagine there are very many kangaroos in Indiana," said Dean Shadley, a wildlife conservation officer. "This is the first I've heard of one." (AP)

印第安那州中部郊區出現一隻一百八十三公分高的袋鼠,活蹦亂跳的牠驚擾當地居民,有關當局於是使用麻醉吹箭捕捉,但牠卻在六月四日離奇死亡。

漢卡克郡動物保護檢查人員協助制伏這隻名叫「跳跳」的寵物袋鼠。

動物保護檢查員肯尼?麥康納海表示,「跳跳」的死因不明。

麥康納海表示,麻醉吹箭所使用的鎮靜劑只有建議劑量的一半。

六月一日兩名青少女打開了「跳跳」的籠子,牠趁機脫逃。

當晚目擊這隻袋鼠跑過自家屋前的鄰居吉姆葛瑞德,一度誤以為牠是隻大兔子。

葛瑞德說:「我根本不知道鄰居養了一隻袋鼠。」

在印第安那州飼養袋鼠並不需要許可。

野生動物保育專員狄恩夏得利說:「我沒辦法想像印第安那州有太多袋鼠。我還是第一次聽說這裡有袋鼠。」

(美聯社/翻譯:林倩如)