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Japan’s Rabbit Island Is the Cutest Place on Earth

Okunoshima is a Japanese island with a circumference of about two and half miles and is home to a hotel, a camping ground and a golf course. There’s also a small museum that stands as a reminder of the chemical weapons production that happened on Okunoshima during World War II. None of these things are what attracted a recent spike in tourism.

The island has become a travel destination thanks to its population of semi-wild rabbits, who face no natural predators. There are an estimated 300 bunnies bounding about, with all the associated adorableness.

Laura Moss writes for our sister site, MNN, that the rabbits may have been brought to Okunoshima as test subjects for poison gas development. “Other sources say that a group of schoolchildren on a field trip released eight of the animals in 1971,” she writes.

One might argue that the bunnies are a kind of invasive species, but it doesn’t seem like the rabbits have become a problem as they did on the Scottish island of Canna.

It’s not surprising that the rabbits have come to expect visitors to bring them food. Here’s an another adorable video of rabbits interacting with tourists.



Do you know of anywhere cuter? Tell us in the comments. We’re all ears.

Article by Margaret Badore

Photo: Ikumi C/CC BY 2.0

 

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7:14PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Thanks

1:19AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

So cute, and would be good in a stew (joking :-p)

11:27AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Very cute

6:34AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thanks

8:31AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

cute cute cute cute cute cute cute cute cute cute cute cute :D

8:23AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

sooooo cute ::))

11:43AM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Lovely. But... should they be fed that way?

6:57PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:45AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Loving the bunnies.

3:10PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

AWWW, cute bunnies...thanks

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