The Middle Island Project   企鵝保衛戰‧牧羊犬立大功

 

精英翻譯社轉自http://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/296714/web/

 

   Last year, a movie about a naughty dog that protects little penguins from foxes was a moderate success in Australia. Oddball, which was based on a true story, is set in Middle Island, Australia. People brought foxes over for sport hunting and they were soon killing little penguins at an alarming rate. At one time, the island was full of penguins, and at the beginning of the movie, there were less than 10 left. A local chicken farmer named Swampy Marsh knew he had the solution. He would let his sheepdog that protected his livestock from being eaten by foxes protect the penguins as well.

  去年,一部關於一隻淘氣狗狗保護小企鵝免受狐狸攻擊的電影在澳洲取得適度的成功。《Oddball》是根據一個真實故事拍攝而成,場景設定在澳洲的中島。人們為了狩獵活動而把狐狸引進,牠們很快便以驚人的速度殺害小企鵝。這座島上曾經都是企鵝,在電影一開始,只剩下不到十隻。當地的養雞農夫史旺比‧馬許想到了解決辦法。他讓保護他家畜不被狐狸吃掉的牧羊犬也來保護企鵝。

  Marsh proposed his idea to the city council, but it took a while to get them to agree to it. Eventually, Marsh's dog was protecting the penguins, and the penguin population grew to over 150. As with any movie, some of the facts were changed to appeal to the general public for support, but Marsh's plan worked so well that the city is raising money for more dogs to protect other species of animals that are threatened by the foxes.

  馬許提出他的點子給市議會,但是花了一陣子才讓他們同意。最後,馬許的狗狗保護了企鵝,企鵝的數量也成長到一百五十多隻。如同其他電影,劇情改變了一些事實來吸引一般大眾的支持,然而馬許的計畫非常成功,因此該城市正在募款來訓練更多狗狗保護被狐狸威脅的其他物種。

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