每日英語跟讀 Ep.831: About Animals -Aquarium staff use disguise to raise, breed emperor penguin
At first glance, aquarium staff here in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, appeared to be engaged in a bizarre cosplay act involving an emperor penguin chick.
But the employees, wearing penguin costumes, were actually on a scientific mission.
As the Adventure World aquarium has learned, emperor penguin chicks raised by undisguised humans do not mate after being reunited with their real parents.
So they hoped the chick would be duped into thinking that it was being raised by penguins, not humans, and would later breed.
Adventure World hatched the first emperor penguin chick in Japan in 2004. And since 2012, the aquarium has been making efforts to return chicks to their parents after they grow to some extent.
The recently hatched chick of the world’s largest penguin species is the 13th born at the aquarium.
Chinese cafe paints dogs to look like giant pandas 中國咖啡館將狗染色 使其宛如大貓熊
A Chinese cafe is under fire for painting dogs as pandas to stand out in the competitive pet cafe market.
The cafe － in the southwestern city of Chengdu, close to the native home of the giant panda － also offers a dyeing service for people who want to transform their own pets into pandas.
The controversy started when the state-run People’s Daily posted a video of the fluffy Chow Chow dogs on social media.
"It costs 1,500 Chinese yuan （$212） to dye （a pet） each time," the owner, surnamed Huang, said in the video. He said the dye, which was imported from Japan, did not pose a threat to the pets’ well-being.
In the video, the painted "pandas" can be seen roaming around in the cafe, where customers were encouraged to interact with them while they enjoyed their meals.
However the gimmick provoked angry comments from pet lovers on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
"While they look adorable, dyeing the pet this way can easy hurt them," one user commented. "Why did he have to treat the dogs like that?" Another questioned.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1350321 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1364772