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Japan's Cat Island - 03 Mar 2015
An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.

Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on - and multiplied.

More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn't join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two.
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March 03, 2015
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015....
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food to...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food on...
Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food to the designated feeding place on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 03, 2015
Cats sit on a wall on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats sit on a wall on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
Cats sit on a wall on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats surround people as they get off a boat at the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats surround people as they get off a boat at the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern...
Cats surround people as they get off a boat at the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata holds a cat on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata holds a cat on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in...
Village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata holds a cat on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015....
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
A cat jumps for food offered by a tourist (R) as other cats beg for food on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats beg for food on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
A cat jumps for food offered by a tourist (R) as other cats beg for food on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats vie for food on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats vie for food on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
Cats vie for food on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
A cat walks past wooden farm sheds on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February...
AOSHIMA, Japan
A cat walks past wooden farm sheds on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
A cat walks past wooden farm sheds on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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March 03, 2015
A dead cat lies on the verandah of a derelict house on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern...
AOSHIMA, Japan
A dead cat lies on the verandah of a derelict house on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern...
A dead cat lies on the verandah of a derelict house on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
A local woman shoos away cats as she leaves her house on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern...
AOSHIMA, Japan
A local woman shoos away cats as she leaves her house on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern...
A local woman shoos away cats as she leaves her house on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats surround village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she sits on the steps of the local...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats surround village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she sits on the steps of the local...
Cats surround village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she sits on the steps of the local medial centre on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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March 03, 2015
A tourist takes pictures of cats as they sit at the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in...
AOSHIMA, Japan
A tourist takes pictures of cats as they sit at the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in...
A tourist takes pictures of cats as they sit at the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food to...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food on...
Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food to the designated feeding place on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats sit on a wall overlooking the sea on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats sit on a wall overlooking the sea on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
Cats sit on a wall overlooking the sea on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
A cat jumps off a piano in the music room of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture...
AOSHIMA, Japan
A cat jumps off a piano in the music room of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture...
A cat jumps off a piano in the music room of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
A cat sits on a wall of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan...
AOSHIMA, Japan
A cat sits on a wall of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan...
A cat sits on a wall of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats sit on a wall on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats sit on a wall on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
Cats sit on a wall on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An...
AOSHIMA, Japan
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
The print of a cat paw is embedded in concrete on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan...
AOSHIMA, Japan
The print of a cat paw is embedded in concrete on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan...
The print of a cat paw is embedded in concrete on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
An overview shows the main part of the fishing village on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern...
AOSHIMA, Japan
An overview shows the main part of the fishing village on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern...
An overview shows the main part of the fishing village on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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March 03, 2015
A boatsman steps aboard a ferry departing for Aoshima Island in Iyonagahama in the Ehime prefecture in...
IYONAGAHAMA, Japan
A boatsman steps aboard a ferry departing for Aoshima Island in Iyonagahama in the Ehime prefecture in...
A boatsman steps aboard a ferry departing for Aoshima Island in Iyonagahama in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
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