5 Island Ruled by Animals

Calling out to all animals lovers out there! Animals rule some places around the world, but do you know where they are? Here are five islands to visit when you get too stressed out working with humans.

1. Fox Island – Miyagi Prefecture

This pristine island is filled with over 100 animals and 6 different types of foxes. This ‘Fox Village’ allows their foxes to roam freely in a preserve which visitors can enter.

The first area of Fox Village is more like a petting zoo. There are a few foxes, either in cages or with a collar and leash. Subsequently, you will enter an open area where the foxes of different colours and species roam freely. Take as many pictures as you like with the foxes!

You can also purchase food (100 yen) for the foxes to interact with them better. However, as they are wild animals, I would not advise trying to touch them because they may bite at you.

2. Pig Island – Exuma (The Bahamas)

How did the pigs get to Pig Beach? We don’t know for sure. Big Major Cay is uninhabited, and the pigs are not native to the island. Some say they were left by a group of sailors, who planned to come back and cook them, or that the pigs swam over from a shipwreck nearby.

Wherever they came from, there are now about 20 pigs and piglets on Pig Beach. With daily visits from Bahamians and tourists, the pigs are living the comfortable life on Big Major Cay.

The pigs here are so famous because people cannot believe that pigs swim. Feel free to touch and play with the pigs and piglets which roam and swim freely in the clear blue waters of Bahamas. They sure are the King and Queens of the island!

3. Wild Horses – Assateague Island

Some people believe that the wild ponies of Assateague arrived on Assateague Island when a Spanish cargo of horses sank off the coast and the horses swam to shore. In any event, the ponies have become well adapted to the seashore ecosystem. Wild horses feed on salt marsh cordgrass, dune grasses, bayberry twigs, rosehips & persimmons.

Assateague Island National Seashore contains over 37 miles of pristine beach, and more than 300 wild ponies wander the beaches, inland pine forest, and salt marshes. Many bird watchers also visit Assateague to enjoy the island’s wealth of over 300 species of migratory and resident birds.

The “wild” horses on Assateague are feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state. Horses tough enough to survive the scorching heat, abundant mosquitoes, stormy weather and poor quality food found on this remote, windswept barrier island have formed a unique wild horse society.

4. Cat Island – Tashirojima

Tashirojima (田代島) is a small, rural island off the coast of central Ishinomaki City. Informally known as “Cat Island”, Tashirojima is inhabited by several hundred felines, which are cared for and worshipped by the island’s human residents.

The cats were originally brought over to help with pest control around the island’s silkworm farms, and since then their numbers have increased to the point that they now outnumber the island’s ageing human population by almost four to one.

5. Rabbit Island – Okunishima

As islands that are occupied by wild animals go, Okunoshima, better known as Usagishima which or “Rabbit Island”, is probably the cutest.

Situated in the East Sea of Japan, the small island is occupied by hundreds of wild rabbits that roam the forests and paths, chase tourists, appear in viral videos and just generally lounge around. They also provide a much-needed counterbalance to the island’s otherwise dark history – as the production site for Japan’s chemical weapons during the second world war.

There is no difficulty finding the bunnies, from the moment you step off the ferry they come bounding up to visitors hoping to get fed. Feel liberated as you receive all the attention and love from these cuties!

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