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I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: May 17, 2017 04:41PM
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AOSHIMA, Japan — 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 the 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 Two.

Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not complaining.

"There is a ton of cats here, then there was this sort of cat witch who came out to feed the cats which was quite fun," said 27-year-old Makiko Yamasaki. "So I'd want to come again."



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 17, 2017 05:08PM
Great. Is this your way of saying there will be a dead cat in the tower you are boxing up for me today? My partner loves tortoise shells, so do me a solid, and please, no dead tortie in it? M'kay?
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 17, 2017 05:25PM
omg, you have struck gold!
Get investors signed up.
We have the makings of a future retirement villa for aging cat ladies.

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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: May 17, 2017 05:41PM




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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 17, 2017 05:46PM
WE have seen a few news stories about that place, and at some point, there was a movie short done as well.

Interesting that the population is actually pretty healthy.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: May 17, 2017 05:54PM
My crazy cat lady sister would absolutely love to live there. She has three living inside her house, and feeds about 2 dozen feral cats outside. RollingEyesSmiley5



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 18, 2017 12:50AM
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 18, 2017 08:36AM
How do you say "spay and neuter" in Japanese? I hope there is some TNR going on there.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: billb
Date: May 18, 2017 12:32PM




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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 18, 2017 01:16PM
One cat to rule them all:




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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: May 18, 2017 08:00PM
I thought feral cats were known to attack humans. Seems like visiting a hoard of them could be a bad idea.




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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Feline Overlords
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 19, 2017 07:39AM
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M A V I C
I thought feral cats were known to attack humans. Seems like visiting a hoard of them could be a bad idea.

If you cornered one and scared the heck out of it, yeah. A tame cat or dog might also do that, if cornered by a stranger and frightened sufficiently.

Not sure where you got your info, but fleeing is the usual reaction.
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