Holiday feast for two

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Nick Nunn, Nunnsense

Nick Nunn, Nunnsense

By Nick Nunn

Nature is a relatively emotionless place. As much as Disney movies would like us to believe that foxes and hounds can really be friends, it just isn’t so.

In fact, human nature is really so far away from the natural order that the rest of the world seems to base itself on that I question whether it should be deemed any sort of “nature” at all.

Perhaps we should call it “unnature.” If you think I’m being cynical, watch Animal Planet for a while. You’ll get what I’m saying.

As a side note, the sheep was supposedly the first creature to be domesticated, but, if you think about it hard enough, wouldn’t humans have had to domesticate themselves first before domesticating any other species?

And after domesticating the rest of the humans, man-and-womankind began to comprehend the world in its own image, leading to the novel, the belief that the universe is out to get you, and – yes – Disney movies.

Anyway, nature got a chance to show what it is made of last Friday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. A white-tailed deer, making its way through the park unfettered accidentally hopped into the cage of Carmelita and Justin – a sibling pair of cheetahs.

What happened next came naturally. No one saw the deer make its way into the zoo from the nearby Rock Creek Park, where deer normally run free.

In fact, if it hadn’t been for the unusual noises coming from the cheetah pen, the zookeepers might not have found the venison leftovers. According to the Associated Press, a spokeswoman for the zoo stated that the cheetahs’ making a meal out of the unfortunate deer was “a normal and expected reaction.”

Normal and expected. Yeah, right. If a person accidentally hopped into the cheetah cage, this story would have been labeled a tragedy instead of mere “weird news.” Oh well. The only concern from the zoo is that the deer may have had some diseases, and, in order to cross all of their “t”s, the doctors at the zoo are checking into that possibility now.

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