Deer Heart-Eating Child Controversy

Playing Proud Dad Lets Daughter Bite Deer Heart

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The idea of a kid eating the raw heart of dead deer sounds crazy, unless that child has just made their first kill. The Doctors weigh in on a controversial social media post that has people divided online.

A dad in New Zealand recently shared a shocking photo of his 8-year-old daughter sinking her teeth into the heart of the first deer she had shot.

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“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!!,” the dad wrote on Facebook.

The photo received both backlash and support online, but how do The Doctors – from a medical point of view – feel about eating the organs of a wild animal, which is actually a tradition among some hunters when shooting their first deer.

Examining it from a food safety perspective, The Doctors say eating the heart of a freshly killed animal is not as risky as one might think.

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“This is the leanest meat, it’s deer meat, it’s heart meat. It’s got no fat in it,” Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds, “There’s risks anytime you eat meat period, there are risks. That’s just the reality. But there’s also a big difference if that heart had been sitting out for 48 hours. It’s different than coming across road kill.”

Ultimately, The Doctors do not endorse eating raw meat, but say this instance was not a cause for major concern. But do you agree? Should 8-year-old kids be eating the hearts of the deer they just killed?