What a cat-astrophe!
Authorities in the southwest German town of Walldorf have ordered some cat owners to keep their pets indoors until the end of August, to protect a rare bird during its breeding season.
The decree is designed to help save the crested lark, which makes its nest on the ground and is therefore easy prey for feline hunters. The bird’s population in Western Europe has declined sharply in recent decades.
Authorities in Walldorf wrote that “among other things the survival of the species depends on every single chick.”
The decree, which applies to all cats in the southern part of the town and will be repeated for the coming three years, has reportedly prompted meows of anguish from pet owners. （AP）
ground：名詞，指地面、土壤、土地、立場、觀點、理由；動詞，指擱淺、停飛、禁足；形容詞，指陸棲的、磨碎的。例句：The plane was grounded by bad weather.（那架飛機因惡劣天氣停飛。）
prey：名詞，指被捕食的動物、犧牲品、戰利品、贓物；動詞，指猛獸或猛禽等攫食、劫掠、疾病等使人慢慢衰弱、消耗、折磨。例句：His death preyed on her mind.（他的死讓她很痛苦。）
anguish：名詞，指肉體或精神上的極度痛苦、劇痛、悲痛；動詞，指感到極度痛苦。In his anguish, he forgot to leave a message.（萬分悲痛中，他忘了留訊息。）