Now, you must be wondering why this island was left abandoned in the first place?
However, some people say the rabbits that are currently living on the island are descendants of the originals while, experts say the test rabbits were euthanized after operations shut down.
Some rumours also suggest that a British couple brought the bunnies to the island or a nearby school released them in 1971.
Initially, no one knew about the island but in 2014 a video of a woman being stampede by bunnies went viral on social media and since then, these rabbits have drawn visitors to the island.
You see, some people get carrots, lettuce and cabbage to feed the rabbits but this diet is poisoning them. How so? Large amounts of these snacks is toxic for the rabbits because their sensitive digestive system has difficulty breaking down the vegetable.
There are signs put all over the island dissuading people from feeding the rabbits, picking them up or chasing them for obvious reasons.
Because unlike hardier animals, rabbits need to eat every day but with the current diet plan they may eat lavishly one day and starve later in the week, depending on the weather and the tourism.
So, the rabbits have no choice but to depend on us humans because residual toxins have poisoned the groundwater since no major decontamination operation was carried out on Rabbit Island after it was used for chemical testing.
As the number of tourists continue to rise, the plan for what to do with the permamnent residents of this island still remains ambiguous.
It’s clear that the bunnies on Rabbit Island need proper care and support. We hope the government of Japan comes up with a solution that won’t harm the rabbits livelihood in any way in order for them to thrive.