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Lesson 1

A Puma at large

逃遁的美洲狮

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  • Lesson 1
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  • A puma at large
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  • Where must the puma have come from?
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  • Pumas are large cat-like animals which are found in America.
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  • When reports came into London Zoo
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  • that a wild puma had been spotted forty-five miles south of London
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  • they were not taken seriously.
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  • However as the evidence began to accumulate
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  • experts from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate
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  • for the descriptions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma
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  • were extraordinarily similar.
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  • The hunt for the puma began in a small village
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  • where a woman picking blackberries saw 'a large cat'only five yards away from her.
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  • It immediately ran away when she saw it
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  • and experts confirmed that a puma will not attack a human being unless it is cornered.
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  • The search proved difficult
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  • for the puma was often observed at one place in the morning
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  • and at another place twenty miles away in the evening.
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  • Wherever it went it left behind it a trail of dead deer and small animals like rabbits.
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  • Paw prints were seen in a number of places and puma fur was found clinging to bushes.
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  • Several people complained of 'cat-like noises' at night
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  • and a businessman on a fishing trip saw the puma up a tree.
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  • The experts were now fully convinced that the animal was a puma
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  • but where had it come from?
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  • As no pumas had been reported missing from any zoo in the country
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  • this one must have been in the possession of a private collector
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  • and somehow managed to escape.
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  • The hunt went on for several weeks but the puma was not caught.
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  • It is disturbing to think
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  • that a dangerous wild animal is still at large in the quiet countryside.
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