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Thousands of rabbits ‘occupy’ the Japanese island

The Japanese island of Okunoshima is famous for being home to thousands of rabbits.
Okunoshima, also known as Usagi Shima, is a small, lovely island in Japan.

Okunoshima Island in the city of Takehara is the site of an important toxic gas plant during World War II.

After the war ended, the healthy rabbits were released into the wild, those that had been used to test chemical weapons were exterminated. Rabbits proliferate more and more, making the island now known as “rabbit island”.

 

Today, hundreds of rabbits do not hesitate to roam the caves and alleys on the island. They are all wild rabbits, but are very friendly and approachable, especially with food handlers.

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