Breakthrough!

Here is one section of the first novel without zhuyin that Charlotte read at 10 and half.  I was ecstatic when she told me that she enjoyed reading a novel on her Kindle.  I put it in Kindle two years prior, hoping that she would one day be able to read it.  Our hard work over the past 10 years finally payed off!

“普通崖羊都是灰褐色的。高黎貢山的崖羊體毛卻深褐泛紅,到了冬天,毛色鮮紅亮麗,在鋪滿白雪的山上奔跑跳躍,宛如一團團燃燒的火焰。紅崖羊性情溫和,毛色奇特,是世界上獨一無二的品種,因此,極其珍貴。遺憾的是,紅崖羊的數量太少,只有孤零零一小群,生活在狹窄的納壺河谷。當地山民也知道紅崖羊是世界級的珍稀動物,從不傷害它們。母羊一年生兩胎,每胎產兩三頭小羊羔,繁殖力在牛科動物中算是高的。但不知為什麼,紅崖羊的數量就是發展不起來。據我請來的嚮導——藏族獵手強巴告訴我,他爺爺年輕時曾仔細數過,這群紅崖羊有66只,前幾天我在動物觀察站用望遠鏡數了一遍,不多不少,也是66只。

半個多世紀過去了,紅崖羊的數量一頭也沒增加,這不能不說是個悲慘的謎。
我連續跟踪了半個多月,終於找到紅崖羊之所以發展不起來的癥結所在。罪魁禍首就是兩隻貪得無厭的雪豹。”

 

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