[WATCH] Japanese Zoo Seeks to Reuse Plastic Bag As Esterline for Deer

(FoxNews.com) Some Japanese zoo officials have designed a “delicately dyed” and “inanimate” reusable plastic bag alternative that they think could help protect precious deer born there every year. Koga Mei’e, a 32-year-old retired school…

[WATCH] Japanese Zoo Seeks to Reuse Plastic Bag As Esterline for Deer

(FoxNews.com) Some Japanese zoo officials have designed a “delicately dyed” and “inanimate” reusable plastic bag alternative that they think could help protect precious deer born there every year.

Koga Mei’e, a 32-year-old retired school teacher, took the idea of protecting deer with the materials they eat seriously after she watched on television a commercial for another Japanese plastic bag alternative.

“I saw the advertisement for an alternative plastic bag, and I knew that it must be much stronger than the plastic that I carry to school every day,” she said.

Ms. Mei’e contacted the Okishima River City Cooperative Society about possible cooperation. The society in Nara City believes that the deer, known as “Tsatsinobu,” can be fed edible materials with the proper nutrients.

Local police spent weeks identifying two “Tsatsinobu” in Nara City that Ms. Mei’e could place around the carcasses of animals.

The first “Tsatsinobu” was used to replace the plastic bag that the deer normally eat, which once contained a whitish powder that the deer normally eaten.

When that plastic bag became too weak to sustain the safari style meal, the guides met with Toni Eckman, a chief vet at the Tokyo Metro Golf Club.

“The deer came to us for help after this plastic bag became weak and could no longer move,” Ms. Eckman said.

The cost to replace the plastic bag, as well as the difficulty of finding delicious natural ingredients, is high. The herd weighs 4,000 to 5,000 pounds, more than all of the city’s police forces combined.

That does not necessarily end the hunt for suitable ground for the deer, however.

“Fortunately, there are some chichi sushi places that have sourced tuna or other sushi ingredients,” Ms. Mei’e told FoxNews.com.

“I’m hopeful this will work out.”

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