READING ABOUT ANIMALS FROM BBC
An Aberdeenshire charity which appealed for (kêu gọi giúp đỡ) mascara brushes (lược chải mascara) to groom (chải lông) and comfort young and injured animals has received hundreds of donations from all over the world.
Baby rabbits and pigeons have been among the first to benefit from the scheme (kế hoạch/ sự sắp xếp) at New Arc Animal Rescue Centre, near Ellon.
It replaces the grooming they would receive from parents.
Mascara brushes have been donated from as far afield as Australia and America.
Kevin Newell, who helps care for the animals at the rescue centre, (trung tâm giải cứu) told BBC Scotland of the successful appeal: “We have been inundated (tràn ngập)- we have got more wands (cây đũa thần- ở đây là cách nói vui) here than in Hogwarts.
“The mascara brushes are cleaned, and we get them ready for the baby season. They are usually orphaned. (bị bỏ rơi)
“If using on a small rabbit it’s fantastic as they are so fine, it removes mites (con ve) and dust, and once that grooming process is in place it’s a bonding thing. (kết nối)
“It’s like parental care. It keeps them clean, happy and healthy.”
He added: “We have given these brushes a second life (sử dụng các lược mascara này 1 lần nữa để chải cho các con vật sau khi người trang điểm đã bỏ chúng) – and we will then get them recycled and made
Gold fish removal
Thousands of goldfish have been removed from a pond in order to prevent environmental damage.
About 3,000 goldfish were discovered in Colliers Wood Pond, near Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.
It thought the fish numbers grew from a handful of abandoned pets.
People have been warned not to illegally dump (vứt bỏ) their pets in waterways (sông suối kênh rạch). Dumping invasive species in the wild contravenes Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The Goldfish (Carrasius auratus) is a coldwater fish that can live for up to 15 years, and grow much larger than typical domestic pets kept in bowls and tanks. (bể cá)
Females can breed (sinh sản) several times during a summer, and are capable of producing thousands of offspring (con con) a year.
Thousands of litres were pumped out of the pond to clear out the fish, which were causing environmental problems and overrunning (lan tràn, lấn át) native species.
The animals were removed on Friday and will be sent to pet shops so they can find new homes.
Mat Faulkner, from MF Aquatics, who carried out the clearing work on behalf of Broxtowe Borough Council, said the fish probably bred from a handful of pets abandoned in the waterways.
“The banks have been eroded where they’ve been digging away looking for food,” he said.
“They’ll eat tadpoles, (nòng nọc) small frogs, and invertebrates (động vật không xương sống) and insect, which means you’ll see a reduction in dragonflies (chuồn chuồn) and that kind of natural habitat, and in the numbers they’re in here, en masse, (toàn thể) they’ll do that quite quickly and quite successfully.”
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