“Ōkunoshima (大久野島) (…) is often called Usagi Shima, or Rabbit Island, because of the numerous wild rabbits that roam the island; they are rather tame and will approach humans.”
When I die, burry me here. Okay? Okay.
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You want to know how those rabbits got there?
Okunoshima is a tiny island just off mainland Japan that was the hub of Japan’s chemical warfare program during World War II, housing facilities that produced atrocious amounts of deadly mustard gas. It was erased from official maps when the factories were cranking out poison during the war. Even after the facilities were shut down and abandoned, Japan decided to leave it out of the maps due to their shameful past.
In 1971, a nearby elementary school was having difficulty caring for their class pets. They had to get rid of their eight rabbits. Somehow, they ended up choosing the creepy abandoned chemical weapons island as the perfect place to dump said rabbits.
And so these eight bunnies did what bunnies do best and now there are hundreds of them hopping around.