Signs of human impact on animal life are all around us - we've been able to tame them, genetically alter species, farm certain animals for food, and even domesticate them. Just look at dogs as an example, an animal once wild, has over the centuries become dependent on human intervention for its survival. No longer does Fluffy have to hunt for its next meal - instead, it now patiently awaits its owner to walk it, groom it, and take care of its basic needs. But what happens when animal species grow so rapidly that they become out of control? There are numerous places around the world where not only has nature reclaimed cities and other human settlements, but where animals have completely dominated entire areas. From beaches now shared with horses, to entire islands overrun by cats, rabbits and crabs, read on to find some of the most incredible places where animal populations far outnumber humans.
15 Kaua’i Island, Overrun By Chickens
14 The Colosseum, Overrun By Cats
13 Assateague Island, Overrun By Horses
12 Nara region, Overrun By Deer
11 Ilha de Queimada Grande, Overrun By Snakes
10 Big Major Cay, Overrun By Pigs
9 Okunoshima Island, Overrun By Rabbits
8 Palos Verdes Peninsula, Overrun By Peacocks
7 Christmas Island, Overrun By Crabs
6 New World Mall, Overrun By Fish
5 Lambay Island, Overrun By Wallabies
4 Zao Kitsune Mura, Overrun By Foxes
3 Ramree Island, Overrun By Crocodiles
2 New Delhi, Overrun By Macaques
1 Tashirojima Island, Overrun By Cats
Cat lovers unite! There are numerous places in this world that have been overrun by cats - from the stray cats of the Canadian Parliament, to those of Tonawanda Island, choosing one particular spot to top this list was incredibly difficult.
Tashirojima Island, also known as Cat Island, is a small island off of the coast of Japan. Traditionally, the islanders raised silkworms and would use cats to keep away the mouse population which often attacked the silkworms. The islanders became quite fond of the cats, treating them as symbols of good fortune, and would build shrines for them. Over the years the population of the island was reduced to just 100 people, but the cat population continued to grow. Today there are thousands of feral cats inhabiting the island which are cared for by the local population. Since 2009, dogs have been banned from the island so as to not threaten the local cat population. The cats have become a major tourist attraction to the island, with tourists having the option of staying in cat shaped cabins overnight.
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