Signs of human impact on animal life are all around us; if only there were time to pay attention. Just look at dogs as an example, an animal once wild, has over the centuries become dependent on human intervention for its survival.B ut what happens when animal species grow so rapidly that they become out of control?
Various places around the world have been reclaimed by animals which now dominate entire areas. From beaches now shared with horses, to entire islands overrun by cats, rabbits and crabs, feel free to be amazed by these odd locations and their dominating species.
15. Kaua’i Island, Overrun By Chickens
Although the Hawaiian islands are home to numerous species of animals, few are as peculiar as the island of Kaua’i with its large feral chicken population. Their population has grown to thousands of feral chickens which can be found roaming the streets sheltered from any real predators.
14. The Colosseum, Overrun By Cats
The city of Rome features many wonders to behold, from the ancient architecture to the gladiator impersonators roaming the streets. One particular ttraction are the 200 feral cats that call the Roman Colosseum their home. Because of the warm climate, large mouse and pigeon population, and human generosity, the cats live quite comfortably.
13. Assateague Island, Overrun By Horses
Off of the coast of Maryland and Virginia lies an uninhabited island whose main population is made up of sea birds and feral horses. The horses, known as Assateague horses in Maryland and Chincoteague Pony in Virginia, are separate by fence lines that also indicate the border between the two states, and have become a focal attraction of the island.
12. Nara region, Overrun By Deer
On Honshu island, in the Nara region of Japan, people share their parks with the local deer population. Legends say that mythological god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara riding a white deer to guard the once capital of Heijo-kyo. Since then, deer have been regarded as guardians of the city and have been allowed to roam the area freely and undisturbed.
11. Ilha de Queimada Grande, Overrun By Snakes
20 miles (35 kilometers) away from Sao Paolo, Brazil, lies a small uninhabited island called Ilha de Queimada Grande. The island is home to over 4000 golden lance-head vipers, the world’s most poisonous viper. The viper’s bite is responsible for 90% of snakebite related deaths in Brazil.
10. Big Major Cay, Overrun By Pigs
The Bahamian islands feature some of the most incredible sights in the world – from lush tropical forests, to sprawling white sand beaches, these islands are a sight worth seeing. If you find yourself exploring some of the wonders of the Bahamas and stumble upon the island of Big Major Cay, you may find yourself some unusual beach companions. The small island is not inhabited by people, but instead is home to a few dozen feral pigs that can often be found swimming in the warm waters of the Atlantic.
9. Okunoshima Island, Overrun By Rabbits
Between 1929 and 1945, the remote and isolated island of Okunoshima was used by the Japanese army to produce and test poison gas. Their test subjects? A colony of rabbits which were brought to the island for the army to study the impacts of the poison. Today, hundreds of rabbits occupy their island, although many believe it is unlikely these are the ancestors of those unfortunate test bunnies.
8. Palos Verdes Peninsula, Overrun By Peacocks
For almost 100 years, the residents of Rolling Hills Estates, a small community on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, have been sharing their community with a large group of wild peacocks. The origin of the peacocks is credited to one of the original residents in the area, who so admired a flock of peacocks he’d seen in India, he brought some back with him. Since then, the peacock population has grown to over 1000.
7. Christmas Island, Overrun By Crabs
Inhabitants of Christmas Island share their home with an unusual population: over 40 – 50 million red crabs, whose number swells to over 100 million during breeding season. Beginning in mid-October, the crabs begin their massive migration from the forest to the coast, where they breed and release their eggs into the sea.
6. New World Mall, Overrun By Fish
Bangkok, Thailand’s New World Mall was once a bustling shopping attraction, until 1997, when building regulations forced its owners to close and abandon the mall. In 1999, a fire burned down the mall’s roof, causing further destruction. Rain water began leaking in, creating a still pond that served as the ideal breeding groups for mosquitoes. To deal with the mosquito problem, people released fish into the water, who over the years swelled to an estimated population of over 3000 fish.
5. Lambay Island, Overrun By Wallabies
When one thinks of wallabies, images of the hot Australian sun are often conjured. But what if you found out that there is an island off the coast of Ireland that is home to a sizable wallaby population? The wallabies were said to have been introduced sometime in the 50s or 60s by the owners of the island. Their population was further increased in the 1980s, when the wallaby population at Dublin Zoo grew beyond capacity and 7 of them were brought and released on the island.
4. Zao Kitsune Mura, Overrun By Foxes
In Japan, foxes are said to be messengers of Inari Okami, the deity of fertility and prosperity, and are held in high regard. Zao Kitsune Mura is a sanctuary, opened in 1990, that provides shelter to many animals, including rabbits and horses, but the main attraction here are the hundreds of rescued foxes which have become so accustomed to the presence of humans they have become quite tame.
3. Ramree Island, Overrun By Crocodiles
Ramree Island has become legendary for what occurred in its swamps in the winter of 1945. Surrounded, a troop of over one thousand Japanese entered a large swamp area, hoping to escape the Allied troops that were quickly closing in on them. Injured and weary, they had no idea that their journey would quickly come to an end when the countless salt water crocodiles present in the area began attacking them.
2. New Delhi, Overrun By Macaques
The macaque monkeys of New Delhi are a sight to be seen. They can often be found using public transit to move across the city to reach better sources of food. Over the years, they have become a major nuisance, destroying public parks and gardens, private property, and even attacking people for food.
1. Tashirojima Island, Overrun By Cats
Tashirojima Island, also known as Cat Island, is a small island off of the coast of Japan. Traditionally, the islanders raised silkworms and would use cats to keep away the mouse population which often attacked the silkworms. The islanders became quite fond of the cats, treating them as symbols of good fortune, and would build shrines for them. Over the years the population of the island was reduced to just 100 people, but the cat population continued to grow.