White-tailed deer jumps into cheetah enclosure at National Zoo, killed by carnivorous big cats
WASHINGTON – Two cheetahs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo came across unexpected prey and the result was predictable.Maybe I'm a bad person, but I can't help but chuckle at the poor deer here. Who knows what it was running away from? Maybe a dog, maybe some random noise that spooked it, whatever. Here it sees this big protected area, clears the fence in one graceful arc, and lands smack dab in the middle of a cheetah enclosure at the National Zoo.
Zoo officials say a white-tailed deer was killed by the cheetahs after it apparently jumped into their enclosure on Friday. A spokeswoman calls it "a normal and expected reaction" by the carnivorous big cats.
I'm trying to look at this from the cheetah's perspective, too. This would be like you or I sitting at our computers when all of a sudden a bacon cheeseburger just comes flying in from over our shoulder and lands on a plate in front of us. Food! From Heaven! Those cheetah are going to be talking about this event for the rest of their lives, man.
[cheetah #1] "Bill, you remember that day?"
[cheetah #2, rolling his eyes] "Yes, Fred, I remember"
[cheetah #1] "Big ol' deer, just come up outta nowhere..."
[cheetah #2] "Yes, Fred, it just..."
[both, in unison] "...landed in our laps!"
I know, I know, I'm a terrible person for laughing at the deer's misfortune...
That is all.