The Outwitted Fox 上當的狐狸

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提 要
當遭遇危險時,母親保護子女的本能會發揮到最大,而且智勇兼備,往往也能因此脫困;而當饑餓激起求生本能時,卻可能顧此失彼,因為欠考慮而受困。
A mother duck and her little ducklings were on their way to a lake one day. The ducklings were very happy following their mother and quack-quacking along the way.
All of a sudden, the mother duck saw a fox at a distance. She was frightened, and shouted, “Children, hurry to the lake. There’s a fox!”
The ducklings hurried towards the lake. The mother duck wondered what to do. Then she began to walk back and forth dragging one wing on the ground.
When the fox saw her, happily said to himself, “It seems she’s hurt and can’t fly! I can easily catch and eat her!” He ran towards her.
The mother duck ran, leading the fox away from the lake. The fox followed her. Now he wouldn’t be able to harm her ducklings. The mother duck looked towards her ducklings and saw that they had reached the lake. She was relieved, so she stopped and took a deep breath.
The fox thought that she was tired and he came closer, but the mother duck quickly spread her wings and rose up in the air. She landed in the middle of the lake and her ducklings swam to her.
The fox stared in disbelief at the mother duck and her ducklings. The mother duck had tricked him cleverly. Now he could not reach them because they were in the middle of the lake.
解 說
一隻母鴨和牠的鴨寶寶有一天正在去湖邊的路上,跟隨著母親的腳步,鴨寶寶們開開心心地發出嘎嘎聲。
突然,母鴨看見一隻狐狸在遠處。牠害怕地大喊:「孩子們,快到湖邊去,有一隻狐狸!」
小鴨們於是迅速趕往湖邊,母鴨想著該怎麼做。然後,牠開始拖著一隻翅膀在地上來來回回。
當狐狸看見牠時,開心地對自己說:「看來牠受傷了不能飛,我可以很容易地抓住並吃掉牠!」牠跑向母鴨。
母鴨開始跑了起來,讓狐狸遠離湖邊。狐狸跟著牠。現在牠無法傷害牠的鴨寶寶了,母鴨朝湖邊看去,看到小鴨已經到了湖裡。牠放心了,於是停了下來,深深地吸了一口氣。
狐狸以為母鴨累了,靠得更近,但牠迅速展翅、騰空而起。牠降落在湖裡,小鴨們向牠游來。
狐狸不相信地瞅著母鴨和小鴨。母鴨巧妙地騙過了牠。現在牠逮不著母鴨牠們了,因為牠們在湖的正中央。

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