The arrival of a baby deer in Nara Park heralds the start of denning season


Although it seems like we’ve jumped, jumped, and jumped right into the rainiest part of the season, there’s one thing that marks spring like no other: the beginning of a new life on earth.

Not only do we witness the opening of beautiful spring flower buds, but we can also see the cutest baby animals taking their first steps into this world we call home. Most recently, Nara Deer Park announced the arrival of the first fawn of 2022.

A blog post by the Nara Deer Protection Association reports that the fawn is a female measuring 61cm long, 44cm tall and weighing 4.6kg. The fawn has been described as very energetic and active.

First spotted on May 7, the arrival of the baby deer signals the start of denning season in the park and means more cute additions are upon us. That being said, the Nara Deer Protection Association is taking on the appearance of the new face to warn visitors to the park.

Lasting from May to mid-June, the deer denning season in Nara Park and other similar locations is a high alert time for deer conservation organizations as they turn their attention towards the protection of nursing deer and their young.

During this time, the majority of new mothers and their fawns, as well as future mothers, are moved to a secure animal shelter where they can raise their young safely and peacefully. Even so, not all fawns are born inside the refuge, with some also making their debut inside the main park enclosures. For this reason, the Nara Deer Protection Association asks visitors to view the new additions from a safe distance, as human interference can lead to maternal aggression from the mother deer and, in the worst case scenario, l scent of a human on a fawn. may even cause the mother to stop feeding him.

With the deer addicted to rice crackers and deer in Nara Park being the biggest draw for tourists in the area, it can be tempting to get up close and take a selfie with them. However, with delicate babies and vigilant mothers nearby, it might be best to keep a safe distance and enjoy the celebration from afar during this special season.

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