Squirrel returns home after arrow shooting incident 中箭松鼠傷癒 野放重返清大

Mon, Apr 08, 2013 - Page 11

A squirrel shot with a crossbow arrow on the campus of National Tsing Hua University has returned home. Students spotted the squirrel on campus last month with a metallic arrow 20cm long sticking though its body. Despite being injured, the squirrel was still lively, running around in the trees and even competing with pigeons for food. The university hired representatives from the Hsinchu Zoo to help capture the squirrel and take it in for treatment. After veterinarians from the zoo surgically removed the arrow from the squirrel, it was kept under observation for two weeks. The squirrel was released back into the wild at the university on April 1. Hsu Hung-yi, chief officer of the Hsinchu Zoo, says that after the arrow was removed, the squirrel made a quick recovery and regained its sprightliness and appetite. The best way to rehabilitate the squirrel was by returning the rodent to its most familiar environment, Hsu says.

The squirrel, however, stayed in the box for some time, unwilling to come out, probably because of the extravagant scene that was underway as it was being released. Even after the cage was opened and tilted to make it go out, the squirrel would not budge. It was not until the crowd dispersed that it suddenly bolted out of the cage, passing the audience and effortlessly dashed up a pine tree along the campus’ Chenggong Lake. Practically flying through the forest, the squirrel jumped from tree to tree, climbing up and down, until it was no longer visible to the crowd, finally returning to the home it knows so well.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

清華大學受箭傷的小松鼠回家了!這隻小松鼠上個月被學生發現身體被一支長達二十公分的金屬吹箭貫穿,但小松鼠仍在樹林間跳躍,還跟鴿子們搶食,生命力旺盛。校方請新竹市立動物園幫忙誘捕,送醫治療。經過新竹市立動物園獸醫兩週開刀取箭和休養照護,小松鼠四月一日被護送回清大野放。新竹市立動物園長許弘宜說,小松鼠取出箭後,恢復情況良好,活動力及食慾也都不錯,讓小松鼠回到熟悉的環境,是最好的復元方式。

不過,可能因野放場面盛大,小松鼠躲在箱內許久都不願出來,即使打開籠子及故意傾斜想讓牠離開,小松鼠都不動,最後眾人閃開後,小松鼠突然一個箭步,跳!跳!跳!閃過大家,跳到成功湖畔的松樹上,一溜煙的功夫就爬到樹上,自在穿梭於樹林間,一樹跳過一樹,從下爬到上,然後拋開眾人追尋的目光,回到牠熟悉的家園。

(自由時報記者洪美秀)