泰格的火車驚魂記

Tadhg Takes the Train

2nd November 2021

Written by Eoghan (Age 9, Co. Chorcaí)

Translated by 許晉維  何亭君  陳冠橞  孫筠婷  夏培藝

Illustrated by 錢冠妤  郭語潔  鄭安庭  楊硯婷  林渝臻

泰格是一隻大老虎,他從小在動物園長大。

今天早晨,泰格在圍欄裡漫步時,發現圍欄的門是開著的,於是他趁機跑了出去。

「我從以前就一直很想離開這裡了!」泰格一邊說著一邊走出圍欄,並決定先在附近散個步。

他看到了一塊寫有「福塔野生動物園」的牌子。

 

見到了動物園裡各種各樣的動物們。

 

甚至遇到了正在和同伴玩耍的猴子麥克斯。之前泰格和麥克斯常常隔著圍欄一起聊天。

 

看見泰格後,麥克斯順著樹木從圍欄裡翻了出來,他們一起閒逛,最後來到了車站前。麥克斯告訴泰格,車門後偷偷藏了很多新鮮美味的肉。

 

「我會告訴你肉在哪裡,但你必須先通過一扇魔法的小門,才能得到那塊肉,你準備好來場大冒險了嗎﹖」

 

「我準備好了﹗」泰格鼓起勇氣走進去,車門在他身後關上。

但這時列車開始移動,泰格嚇壞了﹗更糟糕的是,門後並沒有鮮嫩多汁的肉,只有一群尖叫的乘客。

 

泰格躲在車廂的角落裡,感到十分害怕。

 

以前他在動物園裡見到的人,都和自己隔著一面玻璃,泰格從來沒有這麼近距離地接觸過這麼多人。

 

待火車停下,乘客紛紛跑下車後,泰格才悄悄地爬出那扇魔法小門。他踏上人潮洶湧的月台並躲在一個大箱子後面。雖然泰格平時覺得自己很勇敢,但現在他感到非常害怕。

 

過了一會兒,泰格看到了熟悉的面孔,是福塔動物園的管理員們要來救他回家了!

 

泰格始終不知道,這其實是搗蛋鬼麥克斯的一場惡作劇。

​(Original Text)

Tadhg is a tiger. He has lived in the zoo all his life. Early one morning he was walking in his enclosure, when he realised that the gate was open so he ran out.

 

“I have been trying to get out of here for so long,” said Tadhg. So, he left his enclosure to take a walk around. He saw a sign saying “Fota Wild Life Park." He saw lots of different animals. He even saw Max the monkey playing with the other monkeys. Tadhg often spoken to Max through their enclosures.

 

When Max saw Tadhg he climbed across. Max and Tadhg wandered around the park until they arrived at the train station. Max told Tadhg that behind a train door was a secret stash of fresh meat.

 

"I will show it to you but it is in a magic door that you will have to go through to get the meat, are you ready for an adventure.”

 

“Yes, I am ready.”  Tadhg got in and the door shut behind him.

 

To Tadhg's horror the train started to move and even worse there was no juicy meat, only a bunch of screaming people. This frightened Tadhg and he hid in a corner of one of the train carriages. He had never seen so many people this close before without his glass screen. He waited till the train stopped and all the people ran out. Tadhg crept out through the magic door. He stepped out on to the busy platform and hid behind a big box. Even though Tadhg was brave in his enclosure he did not feel brave now.

 

After a while Tadhg saw some friendly faces. The keepers from Fota came to rescue him and to bring him home. Tadhg did not know that Max the monkey was such a joker.