In Jinsha Site Museum, Sika Deers and Visitors Have an Intimate Contact
“Bell, bell the deer, Wild anaphalis they chew…” In Jinsha Site Museum of Qingyang District, 32 lovely sika deer became visitors’ new favorites. Yesterday, the reporter saw a group of deer grazing in Jinsha Site Museum. Sometimes they played with each other, and sometimes they uttered light and unique sound (as the above picture), which surprised the visitors a lot.
It is said that Jinsa Site Museum will put deer out in the park of the museum from 9:00 to 10:00 from Mondays to Wednesdays since Aug. 20. (Except when it is raining or the gardeners spray insecticide)
Sika deer was regarded as the mascot in ancient times for it brought people luck. So far, there are 32 sika deers living in the park; they have completely adapted to the environment surrounded by tall bamboos and trees of Jinsha Site Museum”. Someone in charge of the museum said that since 2001, there have been a large number of antlers unearthed in Jinsha Site. Evidence showed that, 3,000 years ago, there were at least one thousand of sika deers and sambar deers living in Jinsha of ancient Shu Kingdom for generations. At that time, everything has a soul and human and man is an integral part of nature. Pretty and tender deer and other animals lived with human beings harmoniously.
The antlers were regarded as the sacred offering used in the sacrificial rites. Therefore, sika deer has the temperament of ancient Shu Kingdom. Jinsha Site Museum will increase the number of deer and expand the area for deer to live. The museum also wants to let them have an intimate contact with visitors. The museum aims to forge the sika deer as the living tourist product and mascot.