I've never heard of Nara until my wife, being the animal lover she is, insisted that we go pay deer park a visit. It turned out a lot more fun (and scarier) than I thought it would! The deer at the park are very small, yet vicious when they know you have food. People (thankfully, not me) have gotten bruises from painful deer bites! The key is to never be the first person to purchase deer food--or else you will end up like my friend over here:
This lady was being chased by a horde of deer, in case you couldn't tell. With her distracting most of the deer, the rest of us felt safe to purchase deer food. Later on, we discovered that we didn't even need to spend our money buying food for them; they were perfectly happy eating the leaves that we helped them reach! A few of our friends also tried to feed the deer "lady and the tramp" style, if you get what I mean.
This was definitely a unique experience, and although I do not understand Japanese people's obsession with animals (cat cafe, owl cafe, hedgehog cafe, deer park, cat island, fox island, and bunny island), I am thankful that they enjoy these furry creatures.