A Japanese man has invented an edible alternative to plastic bags in a bid to protect the sacred deer freely roaming Nara Park in Nara, Japan.
Death from garbage: Hidetoshi Matsukawa, a souvenir wholesale agent at Nara-ism, was alarmed to learn last year that deer in the popular tourist destination died due to plastic bag ingestion, CNN reports.
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.
A female deer in Japan’s famous Nara Park was found to have consumed nearly 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of plastic following its death in March.
The discovery comes in a recent report from the Nara Deer Welfare Association, which claimed that the protected animals have been eating plastic, leading to multiple deaths in recent months.
A woman who nursed a hungry baby deer is winning salutations for her act in India.
Michelin-starred Chef Vikas Khanna took the now-viral photograph of the woman from a village in Rajasthan, India’s largest state, where many from the Bishnoi religious sect reside.