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每日英語跟讀 Ep.919: About animals - Florida man fights off gator to save dog 佛羅里達州男子擊退鱷魚救狗與動物園裡嬰兒潮

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每日英語跟讀 Ep.919: About animals - Florida man fights off gator to save dog

Trent Tweddale and his dog, Loki, are recovering after a Monday morning walk on their Florida farm turned vicious.


According to Tweddale, a nearly 13-foot gator grabbed his 6-year-old dog and pulled him into the water. Tweddale, a former Army staff sergeant, quickly reacted.


"I grabbed the dog’s collar to try to pull him back, and I ended up in a tug-of-war match with this gator, and the gator was not letting go," he said. "So I let go of the collar, and I got about knee-deep into the water and started pounding on the gator’s head until he eventually let go."


With the help of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tweddale has set a trap for the gator on his property. He said he won’t rest until he catches it.


"We love our dog a lot and I’d fight tooth and nail for him."


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Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear 人類不來後 巴勒斯坦動物園爆發動物嬰兒潮

Peacocks, ostriches and baboons joined in an animal baby boom at Palestinian tiny Qalqilya Zoo during the coronavirus closure as they let nature take its course.


Fifteen animals were born during the two months that it shut its doors to visitors - three times more than usual, zoo officials said.


"The coronavirus spread at the same time that trips were expected at the zoo. They were cancelled and therefore the animals started to give birth," said zoo veterinarian Sami Khader.


The ostrich that laid eggs in normal years rarely had the chance to incubate them properly. But this year she produced 11 eggs and because there weren’t people around her, she was able to build a nest.


In the monkey enclosure, usually bedeviled by miscarriages, one baboon gave birth, although she had little inclination to take care of the baby. "My father had to bring him to our house," said the vet’s daughter, Hind Khader. "I took care of him and gave him milk."


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