DeerGate, the correct and true name of the scandalous handling of a deer in a Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem, potentially reached a conclusion today with the news that the deer, known as Bambi or more popular Lefty, will be cremated after dying of stress brought on by his capture.
The city previously said they couldn’t turn Lefty into venison, as they would normally do, because he was full of tranquilizing chemicals that made him unsafe for human consumption. The Daily News reports that instead of being butchered and donated to a shelter, Lefty will be cremated.
Seeing as how Lefty became a proxy battle for Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, of course other political voices in the state decided to weigh in, like Troy State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin:
State GOP chairman Ed Cox got a shot in as well:
Twitter shots weren’t only taken at Cuomo though, following Lefty’s death. Right-wing Twitter aggregatior Twitchy suggested Lefty died because of “stress of living in New York under Democrat rule.”
Ultimately, Lefty’s death wasn’t in vain. Like so many city animals before him, Lefty became national news (and got his own #slatepitch), either because so much of the media is centered here in New York, or because on some preternatural level the world is just drawn to things happening in the city. Who can know, really?
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Editor’s Note: We’re surprised, but not surprised that no local uptown elected’s or official became involved to save Lefties life.