Destinations Around The World That Have Been Taken Over By Animals Revealed

For animal lovers, there are some places that are dreams come true! And yes, they do really exist! While some of the islands are full of warm, cuddly animals, others are inhabited by creatures not normally thought of as pets. From foxes that you can feed, to stingless jellyfish that will do swimmers no harm, these islands are crammed with wildlife.

You may wonder how they arrived at the destinations, and while there are legends about this, there are no absolutely certain reasons. In some places the animals are treated with great respect by locals, while in others they live entirely on their own. The animals are there, and seem very happy to have humans as their tourists! Some of them are friendly, while others you would do well to admire from a distance.

Have a look at some places where the animals have literally, taken over, and the humans are their visitors.

Fox Village, Japan

Fox Village, located in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, is home to a leash of more than 100 foxes, composed of six different species, all allowed to wander free in a large forested area
Fox Village, located in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, is home to a leash of more than 100 foxes, composed of six different species, all allowed to wander free in a large forested area
Visitors to the village can pay around £4 (700 Japanese Yen) to enter and feed the animals. Foxes are heralded in Japan, with many believing they have mystical powers and bring good luck
Visitors to the village can pay around £4 (700 Japanese Yen) to enter and feed the animals. Foxes are heralded in Japan, with many believing they have mystical powers and bring good luck

Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island, officially known as Okunoshima, is a small island off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, and is home to hundreds of wild but friendly bunnies who approach tourists in large groups to scavenge for food
Rabbit Island, officially known as Okunoshima, is a small island off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, and is home to hundreds of wild but friendly bunnies who approach tourists in large groups to scavenge for food
It’s not known how the island came to be overrun by rabbits, but from 1930 to 1945 it was used as a testing ground for poison and it is thought during that time that the test subjects included rabbits
It’s not known how the island came to be overrun by rabbits, but from 1930 to 1945 it was used as a testing ground for poison and it is thought during that time that the test subjects included rabbits
Things got very hairy for this tourist when she visited the island. After offering them some food, she was chased down a road by a stampede of them
Things got very hairy for this tourist when she visited the island. After offering them some food, she was chased down a road by a stampede of them

Crab Island

It is estimated that more than 43million crabs inhabit tiny Christmas island, their presence more obvious during breeding season when they head to the water’s edge to reproduce
It is estimated that more than 43million crabs inhabit tiny Christmas island, their presence more obvious during breeding season when they head to the water’s edge to reproduce
During the migration period the state government closes the roads on the island to ensure the crabs have a safe journey, but many are still killed on train tracks
During the migration period the state government closes the roads on the island to ensure the crabs have a safe journey, but many are still killed on train tracks

Jellyfish Lake

Located on Eil Malik island in Palau, Jellyfish Lake is home to over a million stingless golden jellyfish. Hundreds of years ago the lake had an outlet to the ocean but when the sea level dropped the jellyfish population were isolated and began to thrive
Located on Eil Malik island in Palau, Jellyfish Lake is home to over a million stingless golden jellyfish. Hundreds of years ago the lake had an outlet to the ocean but when the sea level dropped the jellyfish population were isolated and began to thrive
They had no predators so over time their stings disappeared and now divers can now swim alongside them with no fear of being stung
They had no predators so over time their stings disappeared and now divers can now swim alongside them with no fear of being stung

Cat Island

On the Japanese island of Tashirojima - population 100 - there are more cats than residents, and they are valued by locals who feed them in the belief that they bring good luck
On the Japanese island of Tashirojima – population 100 – there are more cats than residents, and they are valued by locals who feed them in the belief that they bring good luck
They are particularly useful for the local farm-raised silkworms industry because they chase away mice, which eat them
They are particularly useful for the local farm-raised silkworms industry because they chase away mice, which eat them

Pony Island

The rural island of Assateague on the coast of America is home to more than 300 feral ponies thought to have made their way there after surviving a shipwreck
The rural island of Assateague on the coast of America is home to more than 300 feral ponies thought to have made their way there after surviving a shipwreck
The best way to see the ponies, on the 37 mile-long island off Maryland and Virginia, is by kayak along the island's waterways
The best way to see the ponies, on the 37 mile-long island off Maryland and Virginia, is by kayak along the island’s waterways

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest, located in Ubud, Bali, is home to more than 600 monkeys. Tourists the world over flock to come and interact with them, but being bitten is common
Monkey Forest, located in Ubud, Bali, is home to more than 600 monkeys. Tourists the world over flock to come and interact with them, but being bitten is common
The forest hosts a variety of ancient Hindu temples that date back to 1350, and which the monkeys have made their home
The forest hosts a variety of ancient Hindu temples that date back to 1350, and which the monkeys have made their home

Pig Island

On a small uninhabited island in the Exuma region of the Bahamas, wild pigs paddle freely. Tourists can reach the site by boat to feed and play with them
On a small uninhabited island in the Exuma region of the Bahamas, wild pigs paddle freely. Tourists can reach the site by boat to feed and play with them
According to legend they were left there by sailors who had plans to return for a pork roast, but never did, leaving the pigs to turn feral
According to legend they were left there by sailors who had plans to return for a pork roast, but never did, leaving the pigs to turn feral

Deer Island

Situated in the west central section of Honshu, the largest island of Japan, Nara is home to more than 1,200 deer - believed to be sacred among the locals 
Situated in the west central section of Honshu, the largest island of Japan, Nara is home to more than 1,200 deer – believed to be sacred among the locals
Tourists can purchase crackers to feed to the tame deer, which roam the streets freely in large groups all year round
Tourists can purchase crackers to feed to the tame deer, which roam the streets freely in large groups all year round

Polar Bear Bay

Canada is home to two-thirds of the world's polar bears, many of which amass each year at Hudson bay in Churchill, Manitoba, to hunt on the ice. Tourists can get up-close with them in specially-made Tundra Buggy vehicles like this one
Canada is home to two-thirds of the world’s polar bears, many of which amass each year at Hudson bay in Churchill, Manitoba, to hunt on the ice. Tourists can get up-close with them in specially-made Tundra Buggy vehicles like this one
Churchill  has been nicknamed the Polar Bear Capital of the World, but environmental experts say climate change could make the population extinct within a few decades
Churchill  has been nicknamed the Polar Bear Capital of the World, but environmental experts say climate change could make the population extinct within a few decades

Chicken Cove

The Hawaiian island of Kauai is overrun with thousands of feral chickens who have no natural predators. Their origin remains a mystery
The Hawaiian island of Kauai is overrun with thousands of feral chickens who have no natural predators. Their origin remains a mystery
The ever-multiplying birds are popular with locals because they eat the venomous centipedes native to the remote island
The ever-multiplying birds are popular with locals because they eat the venomous centipedes native to the remote island

Source: Daily Mail