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Cheetahs Bite Deer to Death at National Zoo

A wild deer apparently jumped into the cheetah yard at the National Zoo this morning and didn't make it out alive.

Zoo spokeswoman Annalisa Meyer says in an email that a zookeeper heard "bleating" from the yard at around 11:40 a.m. and, upon investigation, saw a brother-sister cheetah duo biting the deer in its throat and rear.

The deer died, and its body was removed by 11:54 a.m. There were no other witnesses, Meyer says.

The zoo will conduct a necropsy report on the deer to ensure that it didn't have any diseases. As of now, the cheetahs, Carmelita and Justin, appear to be unharmed.

Photo by  Mr. T in D.C.via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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  • tntdc

    you mean they didn't shoot it?

    (how else do cheetahs kill than "biting")

  • Daniel Goldon Wolkoff

    poor little deer, survived the inhuman, anti environmental and pathetic National Park Service
    grotesque hunt, only to be killed by Cheetah.Very sad. How do we trust the National Park Service, who change their policies, and practices with every passing year or month. Who can't cut down one dead tree in Farragut Square without completely botching the difficult exercise, and killed a 200 year old treasured living Ginko, the wrong tree! The NPS have been so arbitrary and pushing their ill conceived actions all over the place. STOP THE DISGUSTING DANGEROUS DEER HUNT, and do something intelligent about the "over population of deer, which is ridiculous, please.

  • Typical DC BS

    Wow Daniel. You're not very bright, are you? Do you understand that cheetahs are predators? Do you know what the word "predator" means?

    Hard to believe you are able to function in the real world.

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