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Does this Nara Park deer need help?

Does this deer need veterinarian help? If so, how important or urgently? I was in the Nara Park (Nara, Japan) on the 18th March, near a toilet block far from the other deer. I saw this guy and notice what looks like a problem with his mouth. It appears that the lower jaw is recessed a lot, and possibly twisted slightly counter clockwise. There also appears to be a lump on its lower left lip, and some foam coming out of its mouth near the lump. It also appears to have a runny nose. Also, it was far removed from all the other deer, possibly avoiding the other deer.

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People can interact with wild deer in Nara Park.

People can interact with wild deer in Nara Park.

There’s also another issue regarding humans. The white stuff coming from its mouth isn’t frothy, but it made me a little concerned that it might be infectious. I doubt it would be rabies, but Children do pat and feed the deers. I’ve even seen adults put a deer food biscuit in their mouths, so the deer would take it from them for a photo op. So, there may be some risk to humans. There is no health or welfare oversight for these wild deer, so it may be up to us.

Below I’ve included two images that may help. The first is an index of key images that show the problems. The second is the two locations I photographed the deer. The first is near the toilet block that can be seen, and the second is actually at an ice cream stand, tagged at the lower left of the satellite image. The actual coordinates are: 34°40’58” N 135°50’24” E (Google Maps ref: https://goo.gl/maps/VEhEHBu37rP2). Of course, I assume that deer will roam a lot, but I have a feeling this guy might stay in quieter safer places.

Also, if this deer does need help, who can we contact? Please send this link to someone who is a vet, or someone you think knows a vet. Use the address above or this: http://bit.ly/1Vj1BOI.

A possibly sick deer. See details here: http://japanesephotos.asia/blog/2016/03/18/does-this-nara-park-deer-need-help/

A possibly sick deer. See details here: http://japanesephotos.asia/blog/2016/03/18/does-this-nara-park-deer-need-help/

Location of possibly sick Nara Park deer sighted.

Location of possibly sick Nara Park deer sighted.

The Nara trip

I just got back from Nara. It was hot, 37°C all afternoon and most of the evening, 2° hotter than the forecast maximum. It was really humid, and so sweat just rolls off like it’s raining from your head. And then there’s the smell of deer dung cooking in the sun. Not to mention the your own sweat. Then there’s the long walks between everything. Phew, what a trip! Definitely, if you plan to travel and tour in Japan, August is not the month to do it in, unless you plan to avoid the afternoon heat and avoid heatstroke. You really need to take refuge in your air conditioned hotel room. I’ll be processing the photos from the trip over the next few days, and they’ll be available soon, probably at my agent’s website: http://www.westheimphoto.com/lightbox/index/gallery/AsiaStockPhotosAndrewBlyth.

I’ve noticed that since I first posted camera-back photos for tweeting ‘over 468 days ago’ (http://twitpic.com/9h20am), more and more photographers have started doing the same. I wonder if I was the first, or how many others thought of it independently, too. Anyway, to whet your appetite here’s one of my favourite deer-feeding photos from Nara. Photo taken with More Lomo, and processed with Adobe PhotoShop for iPhone.

Feeding the deer in Nara.

Feeding the deer in Nara.