Rediff.com  » News » Mamma meow! This mysterious island has more cats than people

Mamma meow! This mysterious island has more cats than people

March 05, 2015 09:15 IST
Get Rediff News in your Inbox:

An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.

Originally introduced to Japan's mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on -- and multiplied.

More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn't join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War II. Reuters photographer Thomas Peter visits the 'cat island'.

 

Fresh catch! A cat carries a fish on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

 

Cat calls: Hungry, they wait for their food. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

 

Bungee: A cat jumps for food offered by a tourist on the island. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters   

 

The key player: A cat jumps from a piano and plays around in a music room of a derelict school. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

 

Cat woman: Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of food to a designated feeding place on Aoshima Island. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

 

40 winks: It's nap time for some.

 

Get outta my way: A woman shoos away cats as she leaves her house.

 

Kitty party: Cats play around with a local woman on the island.

 

Hello, kitty! A tourist takes pictures of cats as they sit at the harbour on Aoshima Island. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

 

All eyes on... A cat leaps at a photographer to snatch his lunch snack.  Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters  

DON'T MISS: These richie rich dogs are sure to make you jealous

     

Get Rediff News in your Inbox:
 
The War Against Coronavirus

The War Against Coronavirus