Photo/IllutrationA deer strolls with an arrow-like object stuck in her neck in Nara on June 13. (Provided by Foundation for the Protection of Deer)

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NARA--Police are expected to start an investigation into the wounding of a deer that was found with a handmade “arrow” stuck in her neck at Nara Park.

The herds of deer at the park in the ancient capital are believed to be divine messengers and have been designated by the government as natural treasures.

Around 11 a.m. on June 13, a sightseer at the park in Nara’s Kasuganocho district reported to a deer-protection foundation, “I found a deer with its neck stabbed with an arrow-like white object.”

Staff of the Foundation for the Protection of Deer in Nara found the wounded doe near the approach to Kasuga Taisha shrine, captured her, and removed the object.

The doe, estimated to be 4 years old, suffered a minor injury, according to a foundation official.

“This is totally unacceptable,” said Yoshitaka Ashimura, head of the foundation.

The conical weapon about 15 centimeters long consisted of a piece of white paper twisted around what appeared to be a pencil core.

It had pierced the middle of the left side of the deer’s neck about 1 to 2 cm deep.

Nara prefectural police are expected to investigate the case on suspicion of violating the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties.