Nine out of 14 deer in Nara Park have died after plastic was found in their stomachs back in March, according to latest report from the Nara Deer Preservation Foundation.
During dissection, mounds of tangled plastic trash were found in their stomachs with the heaviest weighing at 4.3 kilograms (9.5 pounds). This was retrieved from a female deer that had recently passed.
The number of cases where people get bitten by deer in the popular park in Nara Prefecture, Japan, have surprisingly reached a new record high.
The Nara government revealed on February 8 that the famed and often polite deer in Nara Park – home to nearly 1,500 wild deer – have become quite frustrated.
Injuries caused by deer bites have gone up from 118 cases from the previous fiscal year to 164 cases between April 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, the Japan Times reported. Of the 164 reported cases, 80% of them are tourists, most of them Chinese.
About 290 miles west of Tokyo, there’s a magical place called Nara where over 1,200 wild deer live in harmony.
The deer are a symbol of the city and are considered national treasures.