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Sika Deer

Cervus nippon


A male Sika Deer, relaxing for a moment on the trail that leads to the summit of Mt. Misen, on the island of Miyajima, near Hiroshima, Japan.


Sika Deer on Miyajima Island are nearly tame, and roam freely throughout the town, and the surrounding forests. The deer on this island are quite tame, and allow you to get very close, and even pet them. Rumor has it they also eat your ice cream and will drink your beer!


Its name comes from "shika", the Japanese word for "deer". Also, Sika Deer is one of the few deer species that does not lose its spots upon reaching maturity.

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Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima, Japan

Spotted on Sep 30, 2019
Submitted on Sep 30, 2019

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