I felt pity for the deer in the photo wherein she was surrounded by a vicious predator that will surely devour her to the bones. It seems she was so calm and not afraid of her situation that a cheetah started to lick her. But when I read the caption for the photo, I was so amazed that my heart melts and there was a mixture of emotions inside me since I am a father also. I feel what the deer felt that time in the brim of death. Why she so relaxed even though death awaits her at any minute. The caption goes like this:
The Cheetahs chased a mother deer and her 2 fawns (baby deers), the mother could've easily outrun Cheetahs but instead she offered herself to Cheetahs so that her kids can manage to run to safety....
This made me teary-eyed, the mother deer bravely sacrifice herself for her young. Truly, she can easily outrun those cheetahs with her speed but in spite of that, due to her love of her fawns, she was willing to offer her life and ready to be devoured by those ferocious cheetahs just to save her young. Every loving parent was willing to sacrifice for their children for the good of their young.
But when I read the article a little further, I found out that this story was fake. The reality was the reverse of the story, the mother cheetah was teaching her young how to hunt and kill a prey. She gave a demonstration with the Impala (it's not a deer) for several minutes to show on her youngster the right way to kill a prey.
Alison Buttigieg witnessed the incident back in September 2013 in Maasai Mara County Park of Kenya. She explained the Cheetah mother was actually teaching her youngsters how to kill prey. Before killing it, the Cheetahs were playing with the hapless Impala for few minutes. To a certain surprise, the Impala was calm throughout its ordeal. Note, the mother Cheetah was grabbing the neck of the Impala all the time. So, the victim was probably in shock and paralyzed with fear. Yes, the cheetahs eventually killed and ate the Impala. You can see below the series of photographs from the incident. Nonetheless, till the end, the Impala looked beautiful in the photos.
So, the picture stories saying mother Deer sacrifices herself to Cheetahs for the sake of her babies’ life are hoaxes. Contrary to the actual truth, some falsely suggested the animals in the pictures were raised together and are simply playing.
Anyway, in spite of this fake news, what the reality is that the loving parent is really to give her life for her child. I always emphasized that a loving parent, because there were also parent who were abusive to their children and they are not the ones I am referring to.