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Arrival of baby deer in Nara Park announces start of fawning season

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By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

Though it seems like we’ve taken a hop, skip and leap right over into the rainiest part of the season, there's one thing that marks spring like no other: the beginning of new life on earth.

Not only do we get to watch the opening of beautiful spring season flower buds, but we also get to see the most adorable baby animals take their first few steps in this world we call home. Most recently, Nara Deer Park announced the arrival of the first fawn of 2022.

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

First spotted on the 7th of May, the arrival of the baby deer marks the start of fawning season in the park, and means that more cute additions are just around the corner. That being said, the Nara Deer Protection Association is taking the appearance of the new face to caution visitors to the park.

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

During this time the majority of new mothers and their fawns, as well as mothers-to-be, are moved into a secure animal shelter where they can safely and peacefully proceed to raise their young. Even so, not all fawns are born inside the shelter, with some also making their debut inside the main compounds of the park. Because of this, the Nara Deer Protection Association is requesting that visitors watch the new additions from a safe distance, as interference from humans can result in maternal aggression from the mother deer, and in the worst case scenario the smell of a human on a fawn can even cause the mother to stop feeding it.

With the rice cracker-addicted and bowing deer of Nara park being the biggest draw for sightseers in the area, it can be tempting to get up close and personal to take a selfie with them. However, with delicate babies and watchful mothers nearby it might be better to keep a safe distance and enjoy the celebration from afar during this special season.

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