The ancient city of Nara features many world heritage sites. But the most endearing attraction may be the cute and friendly deer. They're everywhere, from temple and shrine precincts and parks to streets and shopping areas. And they're hungry, each consuming about 5 kilograms of vegetation daily, not to mention deer crackers offered by tourists. But don't go mistaking them for tame creatures simply begging for handouts. They're wild animals, and according to Shinto lore, messengers of the gods.