The Friendly Deer of Nara

Nara in Japan is famous for its shrines and temples, among which is Todai-ji, a Buddhist temple. Nearby is Nara Park, where deer roam freely.

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Local folklore considered deer in this area as sacred; today they are protected as national treasures.

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(Deer in front of the Great South Gate of Todai-ji, itself a national treasure.)

They are friendly and don’t mind getting up close and personal.

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They are not scared of humans — sometimes it’s actually the other way around when they get too “friendly” (asking to be fed).

They certainly know their way around, even crossing the street.

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An interesting, if unusual, sight.


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