The small Japanese island of Okunoshima may just be the kind of treat all the Bugs Bunny-lovin’ people will enjoy. This island, which is around 2.1 miles off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, is home to hundreds of wild rabbits that frolic and parade freely for all the humans to see and feed.
During World War II the now-quiet island of Okunoshima once housed a poison gas factory that was used for the chemical warfare done in China. In recent years, the island has established a hotel, a camping ground and a golf course to keep the visitors entertained. It also features the Poison Gas Museum, which shows the dreadful effects of poison gas to humans. However, what makes Okunoshima famous to tourists nowadays is the hundred of wild rabbits that inhabit the island. With no natural predator living with the rabbits, they have multiplied and will literally run after humans begging for food.
No one knows how the rabbits came to inhabit the island, but some believe that the rabbits were brought there as test subjects for poison gas development. Other stories, however, claim that children on a field trip in 1971 brought eight rabbits to the island and released them there. The island is now included on 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.
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