It might sound like a nightmare to some but a dream to a cat lover - an island full of cats,,,
I is for Cat Island
To be honest, I'm not sure if an island full to the rafters with cats is my idea of heaven or hell! I have enough trouble with one little furry feline, I'm not sure how I would cope with hundreds of them.
But off the coast of Japan is the island of Aoshima where cats outnumber people by six to one. Known locally as Nekojima - Japanese for Cat Island - it measures just 1.21 square miles (3.14 square kilometres). Fifty years ago the island had a population of 1,000 (people, not cats) but now there are fewer than 100 living there.
Cats are believed to be lucky, especially if you feed them and look after them, and the remaining residents feel very protective. There are regular visits from a vet and dogs are banned.
The cats are descendants of those taken to the island by fishermen who used them to protect silkworms, which made material for fishing nets, and their boats from mice.
There are other Nekojimas off the coast of Japan, with similar stories to tell.
|Pleased to meet you - cats on Aoshima.|
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