white-tailed deer whose worst enemy in the Washington, D.C., area is
likely a human behind the wheel apparently jumped into a cheetah
enclosure at the National Zoo and was killed, according to news reports.
A zookeeper heard a commotion and the dead deer was found in the cheetah exhibit about
11:40 a.m. Friday, according to The Washington Post. There were reportedly two cheetahs in the enclosure.
deer population in the city and surrounding suburbs has exploded,
creating dangerous and sometimes bizarre encounters between humans and
Earlier in December in Virginia, a woman was jogging on a path near the Dulles Greenway when an
SUV driven by a 71-year-old woman struck a deer and sent it flying into the jogger, The Post reported. The driver and the woman were not seriously injured. The deer was killed.
On Dec. 20, a Prince George's County police car hit a deer, smashing the windshield and killing the deer, police said.