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8 Deer in Japan’s Nara Park ‘lepak’ together-gether, but still practice social distancing at parking lot

Besides food, they may be queueing for their free masks as well.

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Japan – A parking lot at Nara Park had unusual tenants recently. Instead of vehicles, around eight deer were spotted chilling in the area.

One Steve Eto took to Twitter on Sept 6 to share the photo, which has gone viral.

Photo: Twitter screengrab/Steve Eto

Nara Park is a popular tourist spot filled with friendly deer that are accustomed to being fed by visitors.

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Photo: Taken on Dec 2019

However, the Covid-19 pandemic and lack of tourists have forced the deer to venture out of the park searching for food.

It has then become a community affair to keep the deer fed and ensure they stay healthy.

According to the original poster, seeing deer around the area was a common sight; however, their choice of resting place was worth a photo.

It should be noted that the deer are quite large, a couple taking up more than half the width of a parking slot.

The tweet, which has over 195,000 likes and 37,000 retweets, has garnered witty responses from the online community.

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“Don’t go to and leave school on a deer – a school rule at some schools in Nara,” said a netizen, jokingly.

An earlier post by Nara Park on Instagram highlighted the deer practising social responsibility and kept a safe distance from one another.

Photo: Instagram screengrab/naratourism_official

Watch the deer bow their head in thanks when given food. /TISG

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