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  • - [Narrator] Okinoshima Island is a short 12 minute

  • ferry ride from Hiroshima region of Japan.

  • While the sandy and palm-lined beaches are perfect

  • for holiday makers, the island draws crowds

  • for a different reason: rabbits.

  • Lots of 'em.

  • And how they got there is a mystery.

  • (upbeat music)

  • (playful music)

  • Between 1929 and 1945, Japanese armies

  • secretly produced over 6,000 tons of poison gas

  • on Okinoshima Island.

  • Some believe the current rabbits are descendants

  • of those brought to the island to test the gas.

  • But the current director of the Poison Gas Museum

  • insists these bunnies have nothing to do with those

  • from the World War II era.

  • So where do they come from?

  • - [Narrator] One theory.

  • - [Narrator] So those rabbits were released

  • and with no real predators,

  • they bred like, well, like rabbits.

  • And yet another theory.

  • - [Narrator] Either way, this new generation

  • of feral rabbits has the run of the land.

  • They're creating a new story separate

  • from the sordid past of Okinoshima Island.

  • An island once known for death is now known

  • for possibly the cutest thing ever: bunnies.

  • (playful music)

- [Narrator] Okinoshima Island is a short 12 minute

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