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为救宠物惹车祸?
Is an animal’s life more important than a human’s?

宠物能与人建立特殊的亲密关系,并成为人类最亲近的生活伴侣,因此动物爱好者往往会竭尽全力援救身处险境的宠物。但有时候,试图营救在车流中迷失的动物,却有可能引发交通混乱甚至会将其他人的生命置于危险之中。

Pets can establish a special bound with people and become the closest living relatives of human beings, leaving animal lovers to go at any length to rescue a pet’s life in danger. But sometimes, trying to rescue a stray animal from a potential traffic accident may cause traffic chaos and even put other people’s life in danger。


我对此有着深切体会,因为我曾亲眼目睹一名驾车者在早高峰时段走下汽车,以设法援救我的宠物狗Chloe。她的行为虽然堪称英勇,但却造成交通堵塞,并险些引发其他车祸,有好几名司机都差一点撞上她。

I have first-hand experience as I witnessed a driver who got out of her car in morning rush hour, trying to save the life of my dog Chloe. Her actions—while heroic-- blocked traffic, nearly causing another traffic accident as several drivers nearly rear-ended her.


那是一个阳光明媚的早晨,当时我正在小区里遛着重达90磅的宠物狗Chloe,当我们接近一个繁忙的交叉路口时,附近公园的篱笆墙里突然蹦出了一只小兔子,Chloe发现后立即追赶,并径直冲向繁忙的街道,由于她力量太大我根本就拉不住。

On a bright and sunny morning, I walked Chloe, my 90-pound dog in the neighbourhood. When we approached the intersection of a busy street, a small bunny from a nearby park jumped out of a hedge.  Chloe spotted it and immediately chased after it -- right into a bustling avenue, as I wasn’t able to hold her tremendous power back.


一辆接一辆的汽车和公交车不断呼啸而过,而我只能眼睁睁地看着Chloe冲进川流不息的车流中。Chloe被撞死的场景顿时涌入我的脑海。突然,我听到一声巨响,随后便是刺耳的轮胎摩擦声和此起彼伏的汽车喇叭声,我想那肯定是Chloe被撞了。

Cars and buses were rushing by as I helplessly watched Chloe run headlong into heavy traffic. Scenes of Chloe being killed flooded into my mind. Suddenly, I heard a loud bang, followed by screeching tires and flurry of car horns. I thought that was it.


在车流停滞后,我惊恐万分地穿过街道,出乎我意料的是,Chloe还活着。她看上去安然无恙,并四肢健全地在刚刚撞了她的汽车旁溜达。但更令人震惊的是,我看到一位女士迅速下车,然后泪流满面地向我跑来。

Horrified, with traffic at a standstill, I ran across the street. To my surprise, I found Chloe was still alive. She looked perfectly fine, meandering on all fours around the car that had just hit her. But more shockingly, I saw a woman quickly jump out of the car. She ran over to me, with tears running down her face.


“真的非常非常抱歉……我之前从未撞过动物!”她不停地道歉,以至于完全忽视了我们当时正身处马路中间并阻塞了交通。她不停地重复着道歉,直到她身后的一名司机开始不耐烦地猛按喇叭。

“I’m terribly, terribly sorry… I’ve never, ever hit an animal before!” The woman apologized profusely, completely ignoring the fact that we were in the middle of the street and blocking traffic. She kept repeating her apologies until a driver behind her slammed on the horn.


我当时呆住了-- 该道歉的人难道不应该是我么?此外,她为什么在明知狗狗没有受重伤的情况下还要停车造成这种交通混乱?

I was left speechless. Shouldn’t I be the one who should apologize? Also, why would she stop her car and created such a mess, knowing that the dog wasn’t hurt badly?



但这位女士正是一个将会迅速猛增的北美人群的典型代表,他们会不惜一切代价挽救身处危境的生命,包括承担法律后果以及他人性命。

But this woman represents a North American demographic who would go leaps and bounds, trying to save a potentially endangered life -- at any costs, including the legal consequences and sometimes, human lives.



在2013年,福罗里达州一名男子在一条繁忙的高速公路上停车以试图援救一只小猫,结果引发车祸导致一名75岁老妪死亡。最终,老妪和小猫都未能幸存。

In 2013, a Florida man who stopped to try and save a cat on a busy highway caused a crash that killed 75-year-old woman. As it turns out, both the woman and the cat were killed.



据媒体报道,在2013年一个周一的晚高峰时段,一名35岁男子在驾车穿过Deerfield Beach时突然发现一只小猫蜷缩在马路中间,于是他将自己的丰田Tundra靠边停车以施援手。但紧随其后的一位驾驶本田Accord的75岁老妪却刹车不及,结果撞上Tundra的车尾。

According to a media report, in the afternoon rush hour of a Monday in 2013,  a 35 year old man was on his way through Deerfield Beach when he spotted a cowering cat on the road and pulled over his Toyota Tundra to help. A 75-year-old woman driving a Honda Accord couldn’t stop, rear-ending the Tundra.



据目击者称,Accord先是撞到该名男子,然后又撞上Tundra的车尾。在这起车祸中老妪和小猫 都未能幸免于难,该名男子也生命垂危。

According to witnesses, the Accord first struck the man, and then rear-ended the Tundra. The accident claimed both the lives of the woman and the cat. The man was left in critical condition.



撞到Chloe的那位女士是否意识到她当时的行为会带来多大的风险。最终,眼泪和道歉是不能挽救人的生命。

I wonder if that woman in Chloe’s incident was aware of the risks caused by her actions. Tear and apologies can’t save a human’s life.

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