Okunoshima, Japan: “Rabbit Island”

Attention all rabbit lovers! I bet you would enjoy a visit to the small Japanese island of Okunoshima. This island, which is around 2.1 miles off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, is home to hundreds of wild rabbits that frolic freely for visitors to see and feed.

During World War II, the island housed a poison gas factory that was used for chemical warfare against China. In recent years, the island has been opened to tourists with a hotel, a campground, and a golf course to keep visitors entertained. It also features the Poison Gas Museum, which shows the dreadful effects of poison gas on humans.

However, Okunoshima is most famous for the hundreds of wild rabbits that inhabit the island. With no natural predators living there, the rabbits have multiplied and will literally run after people begging for food. Judging by their size, they don’t have much trouble getting the humans to cooperate!

No one knows for sure how the rabbits came to the island. Some believe that the rabbits were brought there as test subjects for poison gas development. Other stories claim that children on a field trip in 1971 brought eight rabbits to the island and released them there.

Okunoshima island is part of the Inland Sea National Park system, and because of the numerous tourists the rabbits have attracted, they are now under the government’s protection and only guide dogs are allowed to stroll the island with them.

Here is another video of “Bunny Paradise”:

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