Police in Florida say they’ve recovered the body of a two-year old boy who was killed by an alligator during a holiday at Disney World. The child was snatched as he played on the shore of a lagoon and was dragged into the water despite1 his father’s efforts to save him. His body was found by divers. Julian Martial asked the wild life expert and photographer why there was an alligator in an ornamental lagoon.
People don’t understand every fresh water, body of water in the State Florida can be a potential home to an alligator. There are over a million alligators in the State of Florida now. And people are actually finding them in their swimming pools in the backyard. So man-made or natural, alligators don’t decide for the difference and they can occupy them. And people need to understand when you see these bodies of water in the State of Florida now, you almost need to assume there is an alligator in it.
And would the alligator have attacked the child, dragged the child into the water knowing it was a human?
No, absolutely not. This alligator was… They are opportunistic feeders. This was a recipe for disaster that we had a small child, that could have easily been you know, a large raccoon for the alligator waiting in water in the dark in night time. This is just an alligator instinctively feeding on what was made available to it. I’m sure it grabbed that child, brought him underwater, and disposed the child that way, but it was not the intent to kill a human being. It was the intent just to get food that normally could be anything else.
I mean you’ve mentioned alligator numbers, is it a time to start culling them?
Well, they do have an alligator hunt in the State of Florida. This is one of those conservation projects that’s been so successful that they actually have a hunt every year. They cull a significant number of them. People need to learn how to live with them and that is something that can be done. Unfortunately we have too many people, you know, a lot of them are tourists who don’t know better that think you know these animals are pets or think they are… You know, they wanna get a close picture. I wanna say, what are you thinking? Because they don’t understand these are wild animals. So hopefully, people will understand that and then try to learn a little bit more that way. It’s a matter of education.
These “No swimming” signs need to say “No swimming because there could be an alligator in here”. Maybe that puts a little more emphasis on the danger.
Prince William has become the first member of the royal family to pose for the cover of a gay magazine. The second in line to the British throne told Attitude Magazine that Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender people should be proud of who they are. Our royal correspondent Peter Hunt told me why the Prince had agreed to feature on the cover.
Well he has decided and agreed to be photographed by Attitude, a gay magazine in the UK.
例句：He came to the meeting despite his serious illness.
2.a recipe for disaster 被用来指一连串事情迟早会出错、惹麻烦、给人带来小不幸或让人出丑；造成灾难的因素；后患无穷
例句：Large-scale inflation is a recipe for disaster.
3.Live with 与……一起生活；与（异性）同居；学会去适应；接受并忍受
例句：I just hope the people who committed this monstrous evil will be able to live with themselves.
4.Know better 有头脑；明事理；不会上当
例句：Have you been drawing on the walls? I thought you were old enough to know better.
5.Put emphasis on 重视，强调；把重点放在……
例句：We really put emphasis on independence. But dependence is a biological fact.
1. This is just an alligator instinctively feeding on what was made available to it.
feed on 以…为食，以…为能源
例句：Birds feed on nuts and berries in the winter.
2.So hopefully, people will understand that and then try to learn a little bit more that way. It’s a matter of education.
a matter of... ......问题；......结果
例句：Observance of the law is a matter of principle for us.
大家不明白，佛州的每处淡水或淡水水体都可能有短吻鳄出没，现在佛州有一百多万条短吻鳄 。有人在自家后院的游泳池里也发现了短吻鳄 。所以说无论是人工湖还是天然湖，短吻鳄是分不出来的，它们会在里面居住 。大家应该知道，你现在在佛罗里达州看到这些水体的时候，就基本可以确定里面有短吻鳄了 。
不，当然不是 。短吻鳄是……他们是机会主义食性，这也是造成灾难的一个因素，那是一个小孩儿，也很有可能会是一只大浣熊，而短吻鳄就在漆黑的夜里躲在水中等待机会 。这条短吻鳄只是本能地逮着什么吃什么 。它咬住小孩，带他入水，然后又那样把他处理了，但我确信它无意想要一个人的命 。就是想得到食物，而这食物通常可能是别的东西 。
佛罗里达州确实有搜寻短吻鳄的项目，属于保护项目，非常成功，一年搜寻一次，选择性宰杀了大量短吻鳄 。人们需要学习怎么与它们共处，这一点是可以做到的 。可惜有太多人，大多是游客，他们竟然不明事理到以为这些动物是宠物，或者以为……他们还想近距离拍照 。我想说，你在想什么呢？因为他们不知道这些动物是野生的 。所以希望大家能理解这一点，然后再努力多了解一点这方面的知识 。这是教育问题 。
这些“禁止游泳”的标识应该改为“禁止游泳，因为里面会有鳄鱼” 。这可能会更突出强调一下危险 。
威廉王子成为首位为同性恋杂志封面拍摄的皇室成员 。这位英国皇室第二顺位继承人告诉《态度》杂志，同性恋、双性恋及变性者群体应该为自己的本性感到骄傲 。本台皇室记者皮特•亨特告诉我为什么王子同意拍摄封面 。