世界杯使南非秃鹫面临绝迹
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南非野生动物组织最近发出警告称,南非秃鹫正在因为赌球者的大量猎杀而面临绝迹。在南非当地,盛行将秃鹫脑髓晒干卷成烟卷抽,认为这能带来预知未来的超自然能力。为了能预测世界杯的比赛结果,从而下注赢利,当地人大量猎杀秃鹫获取脑髓。

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Muti magic could accelerate the decline in rare Cape vultures.

South Africa's vultures(秃鹰) are being pushed into extinction2 by gamblers who believe smoking their dried brains will give them special powers, wildlife organizations have warned.

While British fans study the form book and the back pages, some South Africans believe the "muti" magic will help them predict football match results.

And they are hoping the World Cup will be a great opportunity for a big win.

Conservationists fear the birds, which are already facing global extinction, will be further threatened by the superstition3(迷信) .

Executive director of BirdLife South Africa, Mark Anderson, said: "Many vulture species across the world are in trouble.

"Our very own species in southern Africa is declining sharply for a number of reasons, including reduced food availability, deliberate(故意的) poisoning and electrocution(电刑,电死) from electricity pylons4.

"The harvesting of the bird's heads by followers5 of muti magic is an additional threat these birds can't endure."

The RSPB's Dr Chris Magin said: "One in every six of the world's birds of prey6 are facing extinction and during the past two decades vultures have virtually vanished from West Africa, South Asia and other parts of the world."

Steve McKean, from KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, studies the affect of vultures due to muti magic.

Within half a century, the Cape vulture could become extinct in some parts of South Africa because of this "so-called 'traditional' use" of the bird, he said.

"In the worst case, the Cape vulture could be suffering population collapse7 within 12 years," he said.

There are 841 species of birds recorded in South Africa but 39 of these are considered threatened with global extinction.

Conservationists say most vultures killed for muti magic are poisoned with aldicarb(涕灭威) , which is also lethal8(致命的) to humans.



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1 cape ITEy6     
n.海角,岬;披肩,短披风
参考例句:
  • I long for a trip to the Cape of Good Hope.我渴望到好望角去旅行。
  • She was wearing a cape over her dress.她在外套上披着一件披肩。
2 extinction sPwzP     
n.熄灭,消亡,消灭,灭绝,绝种
参考例句:
  • The plant is now in danger of extinction.这种植物现在有绝种的危险。
  • The island's way of life is doomed to extinction.这个岛上的生活方式注定要消失。
3 superstition VHbzg     
n.迷信,迷信行为
参考例句:
  • It's a common superstition that black cats are unlucky.认为黑猫不吉祥是一种很普遍的迷信。
  • Superstition results from ignorance.迷信产生于无知。
4 pylons 83acab7d35146f1ae87cc87cc56b9a21     
n.(架高压输电线的)电缆塔( pylon的名词复数 );挂架
参考例句:
  • A-form pylons are designed to withstand earthquake forces. A型框架式塔架设计中考虑塔架能够经受地震力的作用。 来自辞典例句
  • Who designed the arch bridge with granite-faced pylons at either end? 谁设计在拱桥两端镶有花岗岩的塔门? 来自互联网
5 followers 5c342ee9ce1bf07932a1f66af2be7652     
追随者( follower的名词复数 ); 用户; 契据的附面; 从动件
参考例句:
  • the followers of Mahatma Gandhi 圣雄甘地的拥护者
  • The reformer soon gathered a band of followers round him. 改革者很快就获得一群追随者支持他。
6 prey g1czH     
n.被掠食者,牺牲者,掠食;v.捕食,掠夺,折磨
参考例句:
  • Stronger animals prey on weaker ones.弱肉强食。
  • The lion was hunting for its prey.狮子在寻找猎物。
7 collapse aWvyE     
vi.累倒;昏倒;倒塌;塌陷
参考例句:
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • The engineer made a complete diagnosis of the bridge's collapse.工程师对桥的倒塌做了一次彻底的调查分析。
8 lethal D3LyB     
adj.致死的;毁灭性的
参考例句:
  • A hammer can be a lethal weapon.铁锤可以是致命的武器。
  • She took a lethal amount of poison and died.她服了致命剂量的毒药死了。
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