Japan's Rabbit Island in Hiroshima

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This might be the first time for you to hear about this island.
It's called Okunoshima, a small island in the Inland Sea of Japan.
It is considered to be part of the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is accessible by ferry.
The island is presently inhabited by a large population of rabbits.


There are theories on how Okunoshima became a rabbit mecca.
One of them is that a few pet rabbits were released by children.
It's very cute to imagine kids were running around and finally when they got to go home, they released their pets
for its nature.
Rabbits were let loose on the island, given complete freedom. With few natural predators and abundant resources,
the rabbits did what rabbits do and multiplied.
By most estimates, there are well over 1,000 living on the island today.
Unlike Playboy Bunnies at a Playboy Club, these rabbits are innocent and fluffy enough to cuddle.
Hunting the rabbits are prohibited. I know we wanna take one of them home but you can't.

I remember I was giving carrots to them when I was in kindergarten.
The rabbits are relatively unfazed by humans. That means they're happy enough to eat directly from your hands.

The island is surrounded by surprisingly beautiful beaches. If you love the sun, ocean and sand,
There's no reason not to set up shop and leave the rabbits in peace for a while.
Don't worry, they ain't gone nowhere like Playboy Bunnies with richer men.