They Shot Blitzen! Donner unharmed.
December 14, 2001 7:24 AM   Subscribe

They Shot Blitzen! Donner unharmed. Donner and Blitzen escaped from a Christmas display, right in the middle of deer season in Pennsylvania, and Blitzen was mistakenly killed.
posted by mischief (13 comments total)
Gun Control!
posted by aacheson at 7:36 AM on December 14, 2001

Gun Control!

I donno, I mean those raindeer are pretty smart, they'll just go to a gun show with fake ids.
posted by tiaka at 7:38 AM on December 14, 2001

never liked the look of that one.

he had it coming.
posted by Frasermoo at 7:55 AM on December 14, 2001

Mistakenly killed? Pretty sure the hunter meant to kill him.

1) You don't accidentally aim at an animal and discharge your weapon.

2) Now for the claim of mistaken identity, you've gotta be pretty stupid to mistake a reindeer for a deer. Big difference.
posted by fleener at 8:47 AM on December 14, 2001

you've gotta be pretty stupid

You have never hunted in PA, have you, otherwise you would know about the idiots who come over from Cincinnati and Cleveland.
posted by mischief at 8:53 AM on December 14, 2001

yeah...anytime you point a weapon at something and fire, thrust, swing isn't accidental if the object ends up dead. That is sort of the whole point.

the hunter probably just thought he had found some neato looking deer. least it was a hunter--i'm assuming someone who has a license, etc...--rather than some 16-year-old kid with a 9mm.
posted by th3ph17 at 9:22 AM on December 14, 2001

This isn't as bad as it sounds. Olive can fill in.

(You know... "Olive, the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names...")

(rim shot)

Thanks folks, you've been great. I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your bartenders.
posted by coolgeek at 12:15 PM on December 14, 2001

I believe the correct name is "donder"

Actually a quick google search reveals that donner vs. donder is a big controversy. Read more: here
posted by cell divide at 12:22 PM on December 14, 2001

] Umm, cell divide, this was an impersonator-type reindeer, not the real one. In the off-season, he used to do radio-spots for car insurance. [
posted by mischief at 12:44 PM on December 14, 2001

coolgeek: "Olive, the Other Reindeer" started her canine life as a children's book. She graduated to video in a animated cartoon produced by Matt Groening, and now works during the holiday season at Nordstrom.
posted by Carol Anne at 2:01 PM on December 14, 2001

Man mistakes 21 year old brother for elk! The man was wearing a red vest and cap but his safety gear could not be distinguished because it was already dark outside "He might have made it if you would'nt have gutted him out."
posted by Mack Twain at 9:34 PM on December 14, 2001

Them's good eatin'!
posted by insomnia_lj at 12:46 AM on December 15, 2001

The hunter thought he had baged Franklin Parks biggest whitetail. Like a mythical creature spoken of in hushed voices at the Rt. 910 Rotary Club the beast emerged into his 30-odd-six scope in the Wisebatt field stangely unaware and then *BLAM* fate and destiny were sealed. The town of Titusville, PA would never be the same again. Blitzen was dead.
posted by stbalbach at 8:51 PM on December 15, 2001

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