Japan Has An Island Full Of Friendly Bunnies

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Japan Has An Island Full Of Friendly Bunnies

If furry and cute little critters are your weakness then you might end up booking a flight to Japan after reading this.

Okunoshima, also known as Usaga Jima or Rabbit Island, is a tiny island in the Inland Sea of Japan that is filled with hundreds of the adorable long-eared creatures.

How the bunnies got there remains a mystery, but some believe it has to do with the island's dark history.

Prior to being a contender for the cutest island ever, Okunoshima was the site of poison gas production between 1929 and 1945. The island was removed from maps and kept a secret from the population. During this time, some rabbits were brought to the labs for testing.

Certain people believe that the bunnies on the island are descendants of these test rabbits who were freed after the war. Others think that kids on school trips to the abandoned factories and military forts were responsible for bringing the rabbits to the island.

Today, the cute critters are safe and sound on Okunoshima as there aren't any natural predators present. Dogs and cats aren't allowed on the island.

The island is now a popular destination for tourists who destination who want to be mobbed by bunnies. It's located just a ferry ride away from mainland and there's a resort, campsite, golf course, museum, trails and beaches. So if you're ever in the Hiroshima Prefecture don't hesitate to make a stop on the island.

If you're still not convinced, check out the video below to see the cutest stampede ever!

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