Tuesday, December 31, 2013

That's Two Lucky Cheetahs!

Heh. Still SMH at this story...

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.

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.
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.

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.



12 comments:

Flubnut said...

If a deer can jump in, is it a huge stretch to think that a cheetah could jump out the same way?

Jim said...

One Cheetah says to the other....

".....Happy New Deer!"



And many more. Best to you and yours, Jay, in 2014!



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Jennifer said...

No fair! He's a cheat-a

Laura said...

flubnut - cheetahs aren't jumpers.

Bob said...

"Out of the frying-pan and into the fire!" as J.R.R. Tolkien once put it.

Dave H said...

No need to be ashamed Jay. Everyone knows Mother Nature is a stone cold witch. Anyone who laughs, laughs because they know it could have been them going over that fence.

Ancient Woodsman said...

It was actually a sub-species of the deer - Odocoileus virginianus samurai - that obviously tried to find a way out of D.C., failed at numerous attempts, and instead of staying in that most dishonorable cesspool of greed & stupidity decided to do the honorable thing and commit seppuku. Except that he found he had no thumbs and so couldn't hold the tasnto...cheetahs were just the next best thing.

Yeah, I know...far-fetched. But it makes for good day-off musings.

Happy new year, Mr. G. To you and the family and the news home.

Borepatch said...

Bacon cheeseburger ....

Venison bacon cheeseburger?

JerseygirlAngie said...

The first think I thought of was this scene from Animal House !

http://youtu.be/C2SkqaCO9c4

JohnMXL said...

I have no sympathy for the deer.

Stupid hoofed rats put two of my best friends in the hospital this year - the deer ran into my friends' motorcycles.

In Iowa, if you take a deer illegally, in addition to the fine for the illegal act you are also assessed damages for the deer itself, because the deer belongs to the state, but if a deer hits your vehicle, the state has no responsibility for the damage to you and/or your vehicle.

Matthew said...

In its life that deer managed to outrun Cougars, Jaguars, Vipers, Wildcats, Cobras, Foxes, even Barracudas.

But it got caught by a Cheetah. ;)

Ed said...

If a zookeeper did that intentionally, it would be called "food enrichment".

http://www.aza.org/enrichment/