This video is almost what it is like in Tipperty at times - almost, except ours are a bit more wild and a lot more timid. I hope that Jiurie hasn't ideas about feeding our bunny mowers.
According to the huffington post:
"During World War II, eight rabbits were brought to the Japanese island of Okunoshima, where they were used to test mustard gas.
Okunoshima is now known as "Rabbit Island," and tourists just love to feed the many wild bunnies."
However Wikipedia disagrees - and I am more inclined to believe Wikipedia.
Many rabbits live on the island. When the island was developed as a park after World War II, these rabbits were intentionally set loose. Many rabbits were used in the chemical munitions plant to test the effectiveness of the chemical weapons during World War II; however, those rabbits were killed when the factory was demolished. According to Murakami, the former director of the poison gas museum, the current rabbits have nothing to do with those that were involved with chemical weapon tests. Hunting these creatures is forbidden and dogs and cats may not be taken onto the island."
Okunoshima also has a Poison Gas Museum - mmmm sounds... interesting?
This story is also interesting in that the original tourist video was posted on you-tube. The you-tube poster has made it private so you can't watch it on you-tube anymore (unless you are that person's friend). However it is available at several other places - e.g. Yahoo where the original link at the top is from. This video has been released into the wild and is spreading. If you post it on the net then you lose control of it - video, photos, blogs everything.
I won't comment on the other yahoo rabbit videos and the cute, cuddly vermin scum that rabbits are.
Having said that - they do make good bunny mowers and keep down the grass.
Below is a (not too good) picture of the difference in the grass with and without rabbits. Even a couple of weeks without rabbits (or guinea pigs - this is the guinea pig run outside) is enough to produce luxurious bright green grass. Rabbits do have their limited use turning grass into flesh.
Here's a follow up piece about the island and the bunnys and the video - basically it is a lot of photos of "cute" bunnies with a little bit of interesting info re the water on the island.
“The interesting thing about the bunnies is that the groundwater -- and some of the soil -- is still so toxic from the chemical weapons stored there during and before the war, that humans can’t drink it,” Krauss said. “All water is bottled water imported to the island for humans -- and then people put out water for the rabbits around the island as well.”
I don't think our rabbits in Tipperty drink much water - there is plenty of juice in the grass and all my expensive plants. We definitely won't be putting out water for them - especially not this year where I suspect that an overabundance of water - rain water- is the problem even up here in relatively dry Tipperty.