Thousands of free-roaming deer are usually found in Nara Park, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. The deer graze on grass in the park and feast on rice crackers fed to them by a pack of tourists.

Usually with the high tourist numbers, the deer have been known to have satisfied full bellies, but due to the threat of coronavirus, tourist numbers dropped and deer are now leaving the park in search of food.

Occasionally, deer were spotted on streets in nearby vicinities, but Japan residents sighted several deer in odd places, like the station grounds.

“On the morning of 2 March, for the first time in my 30 years of living here, there are deer at Nara Station, two kilometers away from Nara Park. There are no tourists to feed them rice crackers so they’ve ventured far away for breakfast,” said one Twitter user.

Herds of deer were also spotted walking in the middle of the road and into oncoming traffic.

The Nara Deer Preservation Foundation attempts to alleviate concerns, noting that this is not the first time that deer roamed out as far as the station.

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