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    中英對照讀新聞》2 pythons weighing 100 pounds collapse ceiling in Australia (澳洲2條合計100磅的蟒蛇壓垮天花板)

    澳洲民眾回家後,驚見2條巨蟒壓垮天花板。(美聯社資料照)

    澳洲民眾回家後,驚見2條巨蟒壓垮天花板。(美聯社資料照)

    2020/12/31 05:30

    ◎孫宇青

    An Australian David Tait entered his home in Laceys Creek in Queensland state and was surprised to find a large chunk of the ceiling lying on his kitchen table. "I knew we hadn’t had rain, so I looked around to find what had caused it," Tait said.

    一名澳洲民眾大衛.泰特回到位於昆士蘭州萊西溪市的家時,驚訝地發現一大片天花板躺在廚房餐桌上。泰特說:「我知道沒下雨,所以我四處張望尋找事發原因。」

    He soon found two culprits, non-venomous carpet pythons 2.8 meters and 2.5 meters long, that had slithered into a bedroom and living room. The snakes have an estimated combined weight of 45 kilograms.

    他很快發現2隻罪魁禍首,各為2.8公尺及2.5公尺的無毒地毯蟒爬進了臥室和客廳。這2隻蟒蛇合計重達45公斤。

    Snake catcher Steven Brown was called to remove the two snakes. "I would assume that it was two males fighting over a female that was nearby in the roof," he said. He suspected the female could still be in the ceiling or nearby.

    捕蛇專家史蒂芬.布朗被叫來抓2隻蟒蛇。他說:「我想是2隻公蟒為了待在天花板附近的1隻母蟒在打架。」他懷疑,那隻母蟒或許還待在天花板或附近一帶。

    The males were returned to the wild, but the suspected third snake hasn’t been found.(AP)

    2隻公蟒被野放,疑似還在屋內的第3隻蟒蛇下落不明。(美聯社)

    新聞辭典

    chunk:名詞,一(大)部分。例句:A substantial chunk of our profits will be used as the fund for research and development.(我們利潤的一大部分會當作研發基金使用。)

    venomous:形容詞,有毒的。例句:Do not attack it while you are encountered with a venomous snake.(遇到毒蛇時不要攻擊牠。)

    slither:動詞,滑行;爬行。例句:We slithered down the bank to get near the river.(我們滑下堤岸靠近河流。)

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