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Nine deer at famed park in Japan die after eating plastic bags

The Nara Deer Preservation Foundation recently reported that a number of their famed deer have died due to masses of plastic in their stomachs. Out of 14 deer that died between March and June, nine are believed to have died from malnutrition due to stomach blockages. One deer was found to have over four kilograms of trash in its stomach, mainly plastic bags and food wrappers. Deer are traditionally a messenger of gods in Japan's native Shinto religion, and they roam freely in the park in the capital city of Nara prefecture. Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer, and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby. The crackers don't come in plastic bags, but some visitors still carry them. Following the deer’s deaths, volunteers cleaned up over 30 kilograms of plastic waste in the park. The Nara government is also planning to launch an investigation into the animal’s deaths.
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