Japan's Nara Deer protection foundation stated on Wednesday that 9 deer have died over three months, after swallowing plastic bags left by tourists.

The deaths had been blamed on an growth within the quantity of visitors to the picturesque city park, in which deer are blanketed as a country wide treasure.

the foundation said that 9 of the 14 deer found lifeless within the park among March and June this 12 months had massive quantities of tangled plastic waste of their stomachs. One changed into observed to have ingested as a lot as 4.Three kilograms (9.5 kilos) of the cloth.

Veterinarian Rie Maruko, who works with the group, instructed the Kyodo information business enterprise that the dead deer had been so skinny that he ought to sense their bones.

some 1,two hundred deer stay within the park in Nara which, as Japan's historic capital, is a popular traveller area full of wooden temples and shrines.

Deer, which can be historically visible as messengers of the gods in Japan's local Shinto religion, are allowed to roam freely within the park and are frequently found in purchasing streets.

tourists are allowed to feed the animals unique sugar-loose crackers which are offered in stores close by.

despite the fact that the crackers aren't sold in plastic luggage, visitors nevertheless convey them and some professionals assume the deer have come to companion the synthetic packaging with meals.

rc/jm (AFP, AP)