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The Many Expressions of Nara's Deer

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The Many Expressions of Nara's Deer

Nara is known for its population of friendly sacred deer who freely roam between the ancient capital's temples and shrines, always on the lookout for deer crackers. We have chosen some of our favorite hilarious photos of these adorable, derpy critters. From tough, macho deer to those who just want a nap, you can almost read their thoughts!

*looks at the camera like she's on The Office*

THIS is what I think of those deer crackers!

Damn... did I leave the iron on?

"Do you feel lucky, punk?"

Maybe she's born with it... maybe it's Maybelline?

Major Side-Eye reporting for duty.

Gotta dance!

Last but not least, AAJ's spirit animal. We're definitely going to need more coffee...

A Short PSA About Nara's Deer

Although the sacred deer are totally adorable (and wonderfully derpy) please remember that they are in fact wild animals. Be sure to treat them with kindness and respect, or you may get bitten or kicked. If you want to learn more about "deer etiquette," you can find a quick guide here.