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    The island where it's reigning cats... and there are no dogs: The Japanese island where felines outnumber humans six-to-one after they were introduced to kill mice

    • More than 120 feral cats live on Aoshima Island, where they have just a handful of humans for company
    • The cats were originally brought to the remote Japanese island to kill mice living on fishermen's boats
    • Most of the local residents left Aoshima Island to work on mainland Japan after the Second World War
    • But the cat population stayed and have since multiplied - meaning they now massively outnumber humans


    3 March 2015


    An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.
    Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on - and multiplied.
    More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company - mostly pensioners who didn't join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities on mainland Japan after the Second World War.






    Company: The majority of the humans on Aoshima island are pensioners who didn't seek work on mainland Japan after the Second World War















    Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945.

    The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island.








    With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not complaining.

    'There is a ton of cats here, then there was this sort of cat witch who came out to feed the cats which was quite fun,' said 27-year-old Makiko Yamasaki. 'So I'd want to come again.'














    Japan's Aoshima Island cats outnumber humans six-to-one | Daily Mail Online
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    Not gonna lie, I find that first picture terrifying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenna View Post
    Not gonna lie, I find that first picture terrifying.
    LOL! That's a cool picture though. It's like they are saying "We are going to stare at you until you feed us!"
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    I want to retire there.
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    Not a single mention of spaying/neutering before they inbreed themselves to a miserable number and then die of terrible conditions?
    Way to go, Japan.
    Cute kitties, though.
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    ^That's what I thought too.

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    The one on the lower right, with the long hair, looks a lot like my long-lost Turkish Angora, Sasha. Purred like an outboard motor was in her throat....
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    Quote Originally Posted by azoria View Post



    lol, what is that cat hanging from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxMouse View Post
    Not a single mention of spaying/neutering before they inbreed themselves to a miserable number and then die of terrible conditions?
    Way to go, Japan.
    Cute kitties, though.
    I know. With all the in-breeding, there's probably lots of banjo playing cats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    lol, what is that cat hanging from?
    I think he's leaping to smash the cameraman's face in with his mutant Wolverine claws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxMouse View Post
    I think he's leaping to smash the cameraman's face in with his mutant Wolverine claws.
    Yes, yes, that is EXACTLY what he is doing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxMouse View Post
    Not a single mention of spaying/neutering before they inbreed themselves to a miserable number and then die of terrible conditions?
    Way to go, Japan.
    Cute kitties, though.
    Exactly. I know I've read about this place before and that was definitely mentioned. Look at how all the cats are just variations of each other. They're all related. I'm sure there are plenty of poor little mutants born that don't make it because of birth defects.
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    This photo is fabulous...I wanna go there...I wanna go there!!!!!!


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