Deer jumps into National Zoo lion enclosure

By James Robertson, National Geographic Digital Media

Several news outlets are reporting that a baby female deer jumped into a female lion enclosure at the Smithsonian National Zoo, in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Unfortunately, the deer had to be euthanized due to its injuries.

Several onlookers with video cameras captured the drama and posted it on YouTube:

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