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Happy birthday cake for Singapore’s Canola the manatee

新加坡海牛卡諾拉的生日快樂蛋糕

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Canola the manatee, hand-raised by her carers since she was abandoned by her mother at birth, celebrated her third birthday at Singapore’s River Safari on Wednesday with a 2-metre high "cake" made of cabbages, carrots and sweet potato leaves.

打從出生就遭媽媽遺棄而由照護員一手養大的海牛卡諾拉(譯音,原意為芥花籽油),週三在新加坡「河川生態園」,以一個用甘藍菜、胡蘿蔔和地瓜葉製成的2公尺高「蛋糕」,慶祝牠的3歲生日。

The marine mammal enjoyed the crunchy treat shaped in a letter ’C’ with other manatees at the river-themed attraction.

這隻海洋哺乳動物在這個以河川為主題的勝地,與其他海牛一起享用這個「C」字母造型的脆脆點心。

Kindergarten children who attended the celebrations sang "Happy Birthday" to the 300-kg herbivore and watched her receive belly rubs.

參加這場慶生會的幼兒園孩童,對著這隻300公斤草食動物高唱「生日快樂」,以及看牠接受腹部按摩。

After her mother, Eva, abandoned her at birth, Canola was hand-raised by keepers who bottle-fed her every two to three hours during the first three months of her life.

媽媽伊娃生下牠就把牠拋棄,卡諾拉就由在牠出生頭3個月每2到3小時用奶瓶餵牠一次的飼養員親手養大。

Canola was fed a special milk formula infused with canola oil, which gave her carers the inspiration for her name.

卡諾拉被餵以一種用芥花籽油泡開的特別配方奶,牠的護理人員由此獲得取名靈感。

Last year, Canola was named a park icon at the River Safari in the small city-state, becoming a wildlife ambassador to encourage the public to keep the world’s freshwater habitats pristine.

去年,卡諾拉被任命為這個小型城市國家的「河川生態園」園區圖標,變成鼓勵大眾維持世界淡水棲地原始樣貌的野生動植物大使。

Commonly known as sea cows due to their diet of sea grass, manatees are currently listed as a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

因為吃海草而一般以海牛之名為人所知,海牛目前被「國際自然保護聯盟」瀕危物種紅色名錄列為易危物種。

Source article: http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/Service/english/english.php?engno=1122673&day=2017-07-29

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