A photo of a young girl digging her pearly white baby teeth into the heart of the first deer she'd ever killed proved to be a bit too much for the internet this week. A hunting dad from New Zealand identified as Johny posted photos of himself and his daughter, 8-year-old Chloe, to the (now removed) Facebook group NZ Woman Hunters after Chloe had shot and killed her first deer. Perhaps understandably, it sparked a boatload of controversy.
(Warning: The photos are graphic.)
In his description of the photos, Johny wrote,
Hey you hunter chicks, I'm a proud Dad... check out my little pink ninja princess Chloe (8) with her first deer a young stag. Shot in a bush block on a friends farm last weekend. She made a tricky downhill shot using my shoulder as a leaning rest and shot with dads 7 mm-08 at about 40m. Then she took a bite from its warm quivering heart, Go Chloe!!
Passing over the fact that the name of this Facebook group itself rather sounds like a group of people in New Zealand that hunts women and further that Johny addressed the group as "chicks," a lot of folks just couldn't stomach the visual of a little kid eating a deer heart.
As the photos went viral, commenters took to the page to voice their disgust and outrage:
However, others defended Johny and Chloe:
The Facebook group to which the photos were posted has since been removed, and according to some users of the group, it was because people were upset over the deer heart photos.
Johny told Buzzfeed News in an email that he was surprised the photo received so much critical feedback, but added that he wasn't at all bothered, and noted that his daughter had wanted to take a bite of the heart. "I’d quote the saying 'lions do not care of the opinions of sheep,'" he said. "She wanted to do it when she saw a picture of her uncle biting the heart of his first deer."