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Sunday 21 September 2014

Zoo cheetahs kill white-tailed deer

Two cheetahs at a zoo in Washington DC killed a white-tailed deer after it apparently jumped into their enclosure

Two cheetahs at Washington DC's zoo came across unexpected prey and the result was predictable.

A white-tailed deer was killed by the cheetahs after it apparently jumped into their enclosure on Friday.

The Smithsonian National Zoo says a zookeeper heard noises from the cheetah pen shortly before noon and found the deer carcass next the cheetah siblings, named Carmelita and Justin.

A s pokeswoman calls it "a normal and expected reaction" by the carnivorous big cats.

Doctors will examine the carcass to make sure the deer did not have any diseases.

No witnesses saw the deer entering the cheetah habitat - other than the cheetahs.

Deer are plentiful in Rock Creek Park, which borders the zoo. The National Park Service has used sharpshooters to control the deer population.

AP

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