1. Sam says

    I love how the guy talking says they are lazy. Um, they are raised in captivity and probably have no idea what to do about live food. I mean even in the second video it was clear the lion wasn’t sure what to do. That is one lucky deer!

  2. bcarter3 says

    Sad ending. According to the Washington Post, ‘They found it “pretty evident” that the deer “would not survive,” and it was euthanized…’

  3. Charlie says

    I live just a few blocks from Rock Creek Park. The National Park Service is trying to figure out how to deal with the over population of deer in the park, and planning on hiring sharp-shooters to cull the herd (along with other methods of population control). It certainly would have been weird to have them nurse one back to health and then release it to be killed by other government employees/contractors. Now if they could only do something about the raccoons that crap all over by back yard. (There are so many they have even escaped the park and made their way to the White House grounds.)

    Life is tooth and claw. Something modern Homo Sapiens don’t like to be reminded of.

  4. Brad says

    From the moment the video began, it is obvious there are a LOT of children watching this take place. You can hear their voices and their reactions. Why would the parents allow their kids to see something that could VERY easily have ended like a Faces Of Death video? I’d like to think that the moment the parents spotted the deer they would have steered their kids away to another enclosure or some other part of the zoo.

  5. Blake says

    My favorite part was of the morons clapping when it sort of, kinda got away. You can almost invariably pick out the low-iq retards in a crowd by just watching which of them have an uncontrollable impulse to clap for no good reason at all. These are the same people who clap at the end of movies and when firefighters remove cats from trees.

  6. Aaron says

    I have a different opinion than Brad. I don’t know why children need to be sheltered from seeing this even if the deer happened to be torn to shreds. It seems like a perfect moment to teach children about what happens in nature. There are lions, there are deer, the lions eat the deer and sometimes the deer get away. If we treat our kids like no-nothing babies who can’t understand anything, it seems to me that’s how they will turn out as adults.

  7. TANK says

    Exactly, Aaron. This is why my parents dropped me off at a meth den when I was six to toughen me up. Then it was a night locked in a morgue with dead bodies and those pretending to be dead bodies for my “amusement”. I can honestly say that I’m not better for it, though. Oh nature…toughen those kids up!

    And it escaped! I’m reminded of an schopenhauer quote that I like.

    “If you are ever in doubt that there is more pain in nature than pleasure, observe one animal consuming another, and ask yourself which of the two is experiencing the more intense sensation.”

  8. says

    Aaron, I absolutely agree. I only have one minor correction. Most of the time, the deer gets away — but your point still remains. This is the nature of things; even young children should be taught about it. Indeed, this is one of the first, important lessons — the fact that life is dangerous, fragile and not always fair. Sheltering children from that fact will only put them at a disadvantage in life, unprepared to deal with it.

  9. says

    “The whole ordeal lasted about 45 minutes, according to Baker-Massan, who said it’s the first time she remembers a deer getting into a carnivore exhibit.”

    I don’t think that’s true. When I volunteered at the zoo, there was one weekend where a deer got into the cheetah exhibit. It ended…naturally.

  10. Yeek says

    Charlie nailed it.

    People think of zoos as basically places for gigantic stuffed animals to wander around. The zoos try and educate, but most people just sort of stumble around like cream-cheese zombies.

    Now, this was an educational exhibit. Not necessarily a terrible thing for children to see – harsh, shocking, but not wrong.

  11. Traveler J says

    That lioness has no idea what to do about killing the deer. No clampdown, no killer instinct. Easily distracted by something or someone (the humans crowd perhaps).

    A pity.

  12. Dustin says

    You folks have no clue how much misery is caused by the suburban deer population. Without predators, they have multiplied without bound. They are vectors for Lyme disease which infects lots of people and causes untold suffering. The deer population needs to be controlled. Children in the northeast cannot simply go out and play in the grass due to the Lyme infected ticks from the deer.

  13. jakeinlove says

    I think it’s extremely funny that the zoo closed the exhibit and some posters here wanted to shield children from viewing what is REAL LIFE. It’s would a been a traumatic event yes, but it is a great parenting opportunity to teach about the realities of life in the animal kingdom – and humans for all that is worth. Stop romanticizing that these animals live in harmony and the wall are there only for decoration.

  14. Thomas says

    It didn’t even look like the deer was injured, unless there was more to the “attack” than what we saw. The lion toyed with it a bit, then the deer got away. From what I saw, the deer wasn’t injured at all, just exhausted from the encounter and stressed out a bit. Not that bad, life as a wild animal has stress and running away every single day.

  15. Aaron says

    Thanks Ryan. Tank – Obviously there are important qualitative differences between my point and your scenario about dropping kids off at a meth lab (though I like the imagery). I was not making an appeal to nature about how we should live our lives – a dangerous proposition on many fronts – but rather a point that children are capable of understanding what goes on “in nature,” providing a potentially important teaching moment between parent and child. If the child is very young, then perhaps it would make sense for a parent to gauge whether the child can understand, but I respectfully disagree with Brad’s blanket statement about shielding children.

  16. Paul R says

    Thank god my dog (Rhodesian ridgeback) was bred to hunt lions. Actually the lion plays with the deer the way my dog played with a mouse once—batted it back and forth briefly as an object of momentary entertainment, then moved on. Not exactly a life or death moment for domesticated beasts, and I’m guessing those lions weren’t raised in the wild before going to DC.

    In any event, deer often die in far worse ways.

  17. T BIZZLE says

    Why not just let the lions eat it if they are going to euthanize it anyways? This reminds me of when a baby whale and its sick mother beached themselves on a beach in Florida. The mother whale died, so what to do with the perfectly healthy baby whale? They captured it, and euthanized it! Why? “it wouldnt survive without its mother.” BS! You let that baby whale free and hope that it survives. If not, let the sharks eat it. Its an ecosystem damn it! ask yourself WWJD? LOL

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