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Posted byu/[deleted]1 month ago

That's a lot of Deer

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This is Nara Park in Japan. About 1,500 deer live in the park where they are protected and considered a national treasure. Many of the deer will bow in exchange for snacks.

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895 points · 1 month ago

Seems like Japan is full of places that have an abundance of one particular animal.

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Yea, and where I’m at we’re stuck with Canadian Geese. :-(

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Ah you must live somewhere on the entire North American continent. Fuck those invasive geese, bring back nice birds.

level 5

"Nice birds"

Much like people, birds are assholes unless they are attached to you or deem you useful.

Source: raised birds. Am asshole.

level 6

I can't tell if that's true or not. I feel like I'm attached to very little but I'm not an asshole. But tbh im probably just an asshole.

Which birds did you raise? And did you eat any of them?

level 7

Cockatiels, parrotlets, lovebirds, mourning doves, and some finches. Not much meat on those, so no, we didn't eat them, but you notice a trend. The affection is real and heart warming but almost mechanical in whom it is applied to.

level 8

Very interesting, my uncle raised doves, pigeons and hawks.

Stupid question but are mourning doves different from regular doves? Are they black or something?

level 9

Mourning doves make a distinctive sort of sad call. I think it's really beautiful and peaceful to hear early in the morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Km-jtXueTw

level 10

I’ve always heard them but never knew which bird was making the sound.

Thanks!

level 10

Wow, thank you

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3 points · 1 month ago

Oh these guys! I have a pair of these that show up in my back yard all the time.

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Yeah, but lots of birds are nice when compared to Canada Geese

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When Canada send their birds, they are not sending their best.

Edit to add: I don't think reddit is a good place to hide.

level 6

Same with our music.

We export the bad stuff and keep the good. I'm not really sure why...

level 7

You let Rush and Barenaked Ladies get out on occasion, so what exactly are you still hiding up there?

level 8

Umm... Nothing. Nothing at all no sir. It's just Bieber, Nickelback and Celine Dion's up here. Trust me, there is no secret music conspiracy

level 9

Sounds like you boys needs some more tariffs to squeeze that information of beautiful lullabies out!

Also. Sorry for those tarrifs.

Also, fuck your Canadian geese.

level 5
4 points · 1 month ago

Also UK

level 5

Fuck those invasive geese, bring back nice birds.

certainly a lot of invasive organisms on the American continent

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11 points · 1 month ago

We get about a bazillion of them where I live. They will land right in front of your car on a road with a 45mph speed limit. They are protected so if you hit them when this happens you've broken the law.

One unfortunate day someone hit one of these kamakazi geese and some goose loving asshole took pictures and turned the person in. Legit someone would have rather watched a person crash their car to avoid hitting the stupid death goose over hitting the goon goose.

They also sit in parking lots and chase you if you get too close. Doesn't matter if the place is full. They are giant rude birds and they can get away with murder.

Source: Live in goose infested town

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Fucking cobra chickens.

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I'll stick with deer. We have about this many deer but ours aren't the cool bowing deer that Japan gets, ours are the type that killed a journalist last year diving straight through his windshield. Oh and don't try to plant flowers, they will be eaten by your friendly asshole deer neighbors. Still better than an abundance of geese, fuck geese.

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*Canada Geese

They ain't citizens of Canada.

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...and here in Florida, we're stuck with tourists.

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Cobra chickens

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God damn cobra chickens!

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Japan is that weird kid that sits by himself at lunch but by age 30 is a billionaire

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Pokemon

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13 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

It’s deliberate, and it stems from their religious and cultural traditions that certain locales will start to revere and protect (and feed) a certain kind of animal based on a folk legend or myth, and then those animals become tame over time. Rabbits, cats, monkey and deer are the most common.

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2 points · 1 month ago

I hadn't thought of it but you're right. Japan and it's religious practices has been around long enough for these deer to be considered domesticated?

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This population of deer have been revered and protected for around 1500 years, they are exceedingly tame, I am not sure if they are technically domesticated or not, but I have interacted with them and they are about as friendly as hungry cats.

level 6

I saw one push a dude off a flight of temple stairs. The older ones are ok, but the young bucks are getting increasingly mean and lack the social skills of their elders (due to too many tourists just giving them food regardless of whether they do the proper bows or not). They are still wild animals in the end, just without a fear of humans.

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When I was here about 12 years ago one of them bit me on the ass cause they thought I just put food in my back pocket. Maybe I just ran into the rudest one lol

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There's that one island that's basically Rabbit Eden. It was originally a poison testing facility in WW2, and they tested the stuff on rabbits, but when the war ended and the project was shelved, they left behind all the rabbits, and they bred unchallenged to claim the island as their own.

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i want this situation but with Red Pandas

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3 points · 1 month ago

I know about the deer and the foxes. What else?

level 4

Rabbit island as well

level 4

We have a cat island too.

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Theres the rabbit island (former home to Japan's chemical weapons facilities) and the cat island as well.

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Gundams in particular

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just like pokemon!

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They also try to nibble on your clothes and bite your arse when you’re not looking.

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25 points · 1 month ago

Can confirm, had my raincoat nibbled and arse bitten when I was there a few months ago.

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7 points · 1 month ago

sweet

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nice

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cool

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The female ones are generally pretty meek, the male ones are total assholes. They headbutt you to ask for snacks, they steal the food from other deers you are feeding, they try to get into your pockets...

level 2
34 points · 1 month ago

Many of them will also head butt you for snacks

level 3

Deer Simulator

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Can confirm, they will run you down if you don’t give them snacks.

level 2

Some are little shits and will go after you if you play games with cookies. Seen many shitty tourists get pushed over and go for the packets.

The deer's are very respectful of the cookie vendors and never go for ones on the cart.

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level 2

Was lucky enough to visit here. One of the most memorable days of my life. If only the kangaroos at home were as friendly as these deer.

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34 points · 1 month ago
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Wait, that bit at the end. Did she...

level 4
3 points · 1 month ago

yes

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6 points · 1 month ago

Could be a few places really. Itsukushima outside Hiroshima has a bunch of deer too. They like thier shika.

level 3

It used to have a ton of monkeys on that island but they got real aggressive so they caught and moved them to a different island that tourists don't go to.

level 3

The fact that this could be one of multiple places leads me to believe that Japan is actually some sort of made up fairytale land.

level 2

They aren’t all the polite, bow-for-snacks type. I had to punch one in the face because it bit my arse.

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Oh deer

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3 points · 1 month ago

You can also get some awesome deer kiss selfies in Nara. The temples there aren't bad either.

level 3

They have the biggest wooden temple. It is my favourite because of the statues inside. Which used to be bigger but you know, wood = fires.

level 2

Biggest assholes ever!

level 3
5 points · 1 month ago

Ever met an emu who thinks you are holding its sandwich?

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level 1
600 points · 1 month ago

Someone wished for a hundred bucks......

level 2
217 points · 1 month ago

That’s a lot of doe

level 3

Oh, deer.

level 4

If only I can afford to Reddit gold the three of you.

level 5

Honestly these puns are nothing to fawn over

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level 2

Asshole genie strike again

level 3

You think I wished for a 12 inch pianist?

level 2

Goddamn you.

level 2

I herd about that!

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1.1k points · 1 month ago

I saw an article about this somewhere. The deer are staging a sit-in on a busy road in support of animal rights.

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299 points · 1 month ago

I know you’re joking but, in case someone wants to know, I believe this is Nara and this happens basically every day.

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174 points · 1 month ago

Ahh I see. So the city isn't giving in to the deer's demands?

We'll keep protesting my dear deer friends. Never give up! I'm with you!!

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50 points · 1 month ago

If you visit Nara, you’ll see the city gave into their demands long ago. It’s a pretty neat place.

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37 points · 1 month ago

I'll book a flight now or maybe Santa can give me a ride. He owes me because of that Easy-Bake-Oven incident.

level 6

You. I like you

level 7

Go on...📷

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5 points · 1 month ago

Thank you!!

level 8

Indeed. You seem like a fun person.

level 6
3 points · 1 month ago

1st degree burns also?

level 5

Nara is amazing! I visited last summer. Now I just browse /r/JapanPics waiting for the day I can afford to go back.

level 6
2 points · 1 month ago

This.

level 4

Buck lives matter

level 4

Said this in 30rock peewee herman voice.

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20 points · 1 month ago

Wait, you're telling me that Japan has a rabbit island, a cat village and a deer city?

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22 points · 1 month ago

There’s also a fox village.

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12 points · 1 month ago

That's the coolest thing I've seen in ages. Gotta go there.

Though it's all fun and games until they start transforming into beautiful women at night and seducing the local townsfolk.

Crafty foxes..

level 5
3 points · 1 month ago

Oh lordy

level 6

Oh deer

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2 points · 1 month ago

And owl cafes.

level 3

Gnar gnar.

level 2

Salt licks for everyone!

level 3

Yay

level 4

!

level 2

Oh dear.

level 2

What happened to Bambi?

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5 points · 1 month ago

She got a job in a legal brothel just outside of Vegas.

No no it's not what you're thinking. She's a receptionist.

level 4

Yo I thought she was the cleaning lady

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2 points · 1 month ago

Well, this is Japan, so it would be a soap land in Osaka.

level 2

Possibly.

level 2

How can they afford to feed them? Overpopulation is such a terrible thing where I live.

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level 1

Look at all those chickens

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Same

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YOU FUCKING BEAT ME TO IT!!!

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302 points · 1 month ago

Oh deer, look at that traffic

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27 points · 1 month ago

I came here just to look for this comment. Not disappointed

level 2

D'oh

level 3

A deer!

level 4
22 points · 1 month ago

A female deer

level 5

Ray

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level 2

Yeah deer, it's like a horse with horns.

level 3

fucking, fucking raikkonen

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2 points · 1 month ago

r/formula1 is leaking

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Shika that out!

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level 1

No predators, no problem

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19 points · 1 month ago

This is a tourist attraction. Japan has bears.

level 2

But humans are the Apex Predator

level 2

Usually some disease spread when population numbers gets high

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22 points · 1 month ago

The homeless situation is getting out of control

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18 points · 1 month ago

They're just waiting for the bus

level 2

hopefully it won't be a greyhound

level 3

Good thinking, coach

level 1
59 points · 1 month ago

DEER GOD

level 2

Yes?

level 3

Praise the Deer Lord Man

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level 4

Put me in the screenshot

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level 3

Oberon is that you?

level 3

Super relevant username

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You joke, but this is Nara Japan, which is famed for its many deer that hang out in the city center.

Also they have a giant Buddha statue which is quite famous.

Naturally the city's mascot has both of those combined into a literal fucking deer god

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There's more...

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NOOOOOO

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9 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Deer 167 is not happy.

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4 points · 1 month ago

Not enough hills.

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All right, who's the asshole with the malicious Genie that just wished for a thousand bucks?!

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Santa is going to be wondering how to get to work when he wakes up...

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Man that's a lot of ticks

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13 points · 1 month ago

So this is what a cute infestation looks like.

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*damage

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8 points · 1 month ago

Where’s Fenton when you need him?

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Looks like a deer sit-in

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They are so tiny. I've only seen fawns that small.

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Those are Sika deer, you can tell by the spots on them. The tallest recorded ground to shoulder height was 42 inches, so less than 4 feet, but they're usually closer to 25-30 inches. So they're fairly small.

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I thought they were fallow deer, but those apparently not found in Japan.

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You know, if they'd just put the deer crossings somewhere less busy, it'd make a whole lot more sense. Like, why not put their crossing by the school crossing?? People are driving slow, looking out, just seems like a much better place to have deer crossing a road.

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5 points · 1 month ago

I was their about a month ago (Nara, Japan), beautiful place. The deer are very friendly. You buy them rice cake & they come up & bow to you. We ended up at Oktoberfest in June (Was a little surreal) just down the road / next to the deer park.

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5 points · 1 month ago

Hope nobody sneezes

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2 points · 1 month ago

Nice, Rawn!

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2 points · 1 month ago

I sneezed! Oh I'm not allowed to sneeze!?

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This looks like a spring Tuesday in Michigan.

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They really need to rein that population in

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I mean you can’t shoot dear in city limits, they are on to something here....

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Uh clearly, as you can see, there are not enough

level 1

Little girl, pointing at deer: "look at all those horses!"

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Gah, we get that every year in Texas in the summer. They swarm around the lightpoles and die on their backs, legs clawing at the air. Horrible.

Oh wait...those are Junebugs.

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Nara?

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Oh deer.

level 1

Release the wolves!

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FENTON!!!!!!!!

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23 points · 1 month ago

deerlivesmatter

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Looks like they're waiting in line for a store to open

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santas reindeer after discovering trap music.

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Doh!!

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Look at alllll those goats

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Sure is a lot of deece

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Genie: you get one wish Guy: I want a thousand bucks Genie: there shows the street Guy: under his breath fuck!

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FawningIgnorance

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Dear god!

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I have no I deer what's going on here

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Oh Deer

level 1

oh deer

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Japan is the only place where people would be so chill and not just run them over

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2 points · 1 month ago

Oh deer..

level 1

Oh deer

level 1

Oh, deer.

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Oh dear!

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Looks like Nara. I went there a few years ago. If you have food, those deer are vicious. They’ll hunt you down for every last morsel.

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NOW THATS A LOT OF DAMAGE DEER

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Is the new PlayStation already out?

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I've been to Nara! Went during sakura season and it was one of the best experiences of my life (even if the deer chased me around for senbei lol).

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I saw a giraffe who had a short neck. That was sad.

Or a deer.

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City of Nara in Japan. Place I really want to go to lol.

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Is it Japan? cube car in the background

Yep, Japan

level 1

Oh deer, that looks dangerous.

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hey this looks like my family gatherings at the park, so many of us! my deerly peoples!

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Oh deer, i made quite a mess.

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Oh deer!

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Oh deer!

level 1

Title correction: Oh Deer!

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“Oh dear.” Ok, you can kill me now.

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Somewhere, a hunter, spaghetti spilling out of his pockets, is conflicted between grabbing his riffle or his pecker

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