Deer Attacked By Lion At Washington DC Zoo

Posted: November 9, 2009 in Nitegator

A wild deer jumped into the lion enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. on Sunday. The young female deer jumped a 3 1/2- to 4-foot retaining wall and landed in a moat surrounding the enclosure. It was then attacked by two female lions. More than 100 zoo guests were at the enclosure at the time of the attack and a witness said people were shouting “Go! Go! Go!” and that “everyone was rooting for the deer.” Despite breaking free, the deer had a serious wound on its belly, the animal had to be euthanized. Why were people so shocked to witness this attack. Do we unaware of lion’s true behavior in the wild? That is what lions do, attack deer’s. I wonder if the zoo handlers gave the lions the deer after it was euthanized? Would that be right/wrong?

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