Nara deer chilling out among sakura trees in completely empty park due to Covid-19


Tanya Ong | May 16, 2020, 08:43 AM

Nara, a city in Japan, is famous for its deer, which reside mainly in the city's park.

The park is a huge draw for tourists, as visitors can get up close and personal with the creatures by feeding them rice crackers.

With the Covid-19 outbreak, however, tourism has reportedly dropped by at least 80 per cent in Nara.

This means that Nara Park, once teeming with tourists, has now grown quiet.

Nara deer and sakura blossom

On May 13, HIQ Japan released a Facebook video showing what life for deer in Nara Park is like with sakura in full bloom.

Here they are, peacefully sitting among the trees and grass, which has a layer of sakura:

Screenshot from HiQ Japan video.

And here's a deer snacking on a rice cracker:

Screenshot from HiQ Japan video.

Screenshot from HiQ Japan video.


The HIQ Japan video had the caption "deers are chilling at sakura park in Nara #stayhome #staysafe".

You can watch the full video here:

Nara Park deer

The lack of tourists has had an unintended impact on the deer in Nara prefecture.

In February, it was reported that Nara deer were seen eating grass as tourist numbers plummeted.

The deer were also seen roaming the streets in search for food in March.

Oh deer :(

Top photo via HiQ Japan video.