木曜日は、マリーのはてな日記/Marie the Scientist
「ソーセージの悲しい最後/The Tragic End of Sausage」
ソーセージの悲しい最後/The Tragic End of Sausage
My family and I went camping this weekend.
I helped dad to put up our tent.
It was a lot of work.
Then, I met a campsite staff member and he gave me a postcard.
“It says ‘The Tragic End of Sausage’.
“It’s a true story.
It happened to my friend in Shiretoko, Hokkaido.
Do you know Shiretoko?
It is a Unesco world natural heritage site.
My friend works there to protect nature.
Sausage was the name of a female bear in Shiretoko.”
That’s a funny name for a bear.”
“Sausage was her favorite food.
My friend first met a young brown bear in the autumn of 1997.
The bear had just left her mother and started to live by herself.
By the next summer, she was often seen by people.
A lot of tourists visit that area to enjoy nature.
One day, a park visitor gave the bear a piece of sausage.
That was the beginning of the sad story.
Actually, the sausage killed her.”
“She ate too many sausages and got sick?”
“No, it wasn’t that.”
“Then, what happened?”
“Bears are usually afraid of people.
They think we are dangerous.
So bears won’t come close to us or try to attack us.
But once they get food from us, they think humans always give them food.
So they begin to come near us.”
“That sounds dangerous.”
My friend started to send sausage away from tourists.
He told her ‘Stay away from people, go back to the forest!’
He did his best to protect sausage.
But his wish didn’t come true.
Sausage started to come and walk around in a town.
Many people were afraid of being attacked.
Then one morning, Sausage appeared near an elementary school.”
“At that moment, my friend had no choice.
He had to kill Sausage before she hurt anyone.
My friend put a bullet in his rifle and shots Sausage.
He told me that Sausage looked at him just before he shot her.”
“It’s a very sad story.”
“Yes, Sausage didn’t have to die.
In Shiretoko, bears usually have a long and happy life.
A young bear’s life ended because she was given a sausage.
So please don’t give any food to wild animals.”
I learned how dangerous it is to give food to wild animals.
I will never do it and I will never leave any food or garbage at campsites.
I don’t want wild animals to eat it.