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.
Wild deers at Nara Park, Japan have injured more foreigners than locals in the current fiscal year, local officials confirmed on Tuesday.
As of late January, the renowned tourist attraction hit a record high of 209 cases, eight of which were “serious” and included broken bones.