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zoeabmorris Last day in Cambodia spent relaxing on rabbit island 🐇 then tomorrow we go to Vietnam #cambodia #kohtonsay #rabbitisland #travelling 18h

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glose Attaque de bateau ...
On s'amuse comme on peut... #boat #beach #fun #rabbitisland #kep #island #cambodge #cambodia
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Inkwell Emilie Brunel

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island_paul Looking out from the coast onto #RabbitIsland #oahu #ocean #Hawaii #HawaiianLife #FuWLIH 1d

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4leglv As islands that are occupied by wild animals go, Okunoshima, better known as Usaga Jima or Rabbit Island, is probably the cutest.

Situated in the East Sea/Inland 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.

Of course, Japan being the birthplace of kawaii – the distinct cultural appreciation of all things cute – the bounding herds of friendly rabbits are a much bigger attraction than the Poison Gas Museum. But although the source of the rabbits remains a mystery, it may be that the origins of the island's fluffy residents is intertwined with its history as manufacturer of chemical weapons.

Between 1929-1945, the Japanese army secretly produced over 6,000 tons of poison gas on Okunoshima, which was removed from maps of the area and chosen because of its discreet location and distance from civilian populations. At the time, an unfortunate colony of rabbits was brought to the island in order to test the effects of the poison.

While some claim the rabbits that live there now are relatives of the test bunnies that were freed by the workers at the end of the war, others are less convinced; it has been reported that all the rabbits were killed when the factory ceased production. The other theory is that eight rabbits were brought to the island by schoolchildren in 1971, where they bred (presumably like rabbits) until they reached their current population, which is potentially in the thousands. And with the island being a predator-free zone – dogs and cats are banned – if the number of rabbits hasn't hit the thousands yet, it's inevitable it will do soon. #rabbit #rabbits #vacation #rabbitisland #educate #rights #thinkaboutit #japan #life #live #love #knowledge #save #animals #animallove #animalwelfare #animalrights #vegan #vegetarian #vegetables #voice #choice
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leahmaekatrina - Take a quiet hike with #mothernature , it will nurture your mind, body & soul. She's our only home 🌎 take care if it! My #WCW #makapuulighthouse #beautiful #rabbitisland #hawaii #oahu #honolulu #808state #aloha #paradise #igdestinations #igvacation #hikewithbae 1d

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kaylee_k909 Koh Tonsay Island
aka Rabbit Island in Cambodia
Needed to stay on this island before development started and ruins the rustic charm of this place. At the time there was only done beach huts, bungalows and telephone access. A great way to disconnect and recharge your batteries.
#Cambodia #rabbitisland #starfish #kohtonsay #island #beachlife #traveler #Wanderlust #travelbug
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annixmalx And in our quest for undeveloped, underpopulated islands, we're now in Koh Tonsay/Rabbit Island. Let's see how it goes. #Cambodia #kohtonsay #rabbitisland #island #beach #sea #asia #SEasia #travel #almostlocals #almosttourists 2d

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