This Japanese Island Is Overrun With Friendly Rabbits

This Japanese Island Is Overrun With Friendly Rabbits

In the wild, rabbits are constantly on the lookout for impending predators because the only defense against them is to run away, fast. However, the rabbits on the rabbit-overrun Japanese island of Ōkunoshima behave completely differently. Although they are wild, these rabbits immediately rush up to visitors. The Japanese island Ōkunoshima was used to make poison gas during WWII in secrecy, and was thus uninhabited. Lab rabbits were used to test the effects of the gas, and some believe the rabbit population grew from escapees that stayed after the plant was shut down. Records show, however, all the rabbits were destroyed at the end of the war.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Wild rabbits have no defenses against predators except the ability to run fast. (0:28)

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    The Japanese island Ōkunoshima was used to make poison gas during WWII in secrecy. (1:35)

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    The rabbits on the Japanese island Ōkunoshima have no predators anywhere on the island. (2:39)

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