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'Stampede' on Rabbit Island is cutest stampede ever

Bunny Stampede Chases Tourist on 'Rabbit Island'
This bunny 'stampede' might just be the least frightening stampede ever.

A tourist was chased down by a stampede of wild bunnies after she offered them some food on an island off of Japan nicknamed 'Rabbit Island.'

That could have been a hare -y situation, but the tourist seemed to be enjoying herself and the people of the Internet sure are.

The island off of Inland Japan spans about 2.5 miles and is frequented by tourists, like the one seen in the video, eager to pet and feed the bunnies. Here's WTXF with how the island got its nickname:

'During World War II, 8 rabbits were brought in to the island to test for mustard gas, so they could smell it and then they die.'

Daily Mail reports that because of the warfare nature of the testing, the island was left off of maps from 1929 to 1945. The factories producing the lethal gas were also kept secret.

Today the island is home to 300 cute, fluffy (and apparently hungry) bunnies.

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sylvabugg2 February 18 2014 at 7:22 PM

Oh my bunny slippers just ran for cover.

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VIPRLARES February 18 2014 at 10:29 PM


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Hello Brother T February 18 2014 at 9:30 PM

Wish I was there.I used to have a dozen or so rabitts that would come to my front door when the sun came up and again when the sun went down. I figured they must be hungry ,so, I would put plenty of carrots with stalks out for them.They never bit me ,but,would lick my fingers . I moved last year and gave ifeeding instructios for the new owners. I miss those cool rabbits !!!!

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max1friend Hello Brother T February 19 2014 at 2:12 AM

hello, where was this at where all the rabbits you saw and fed?

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chuck February 18 2014 at 9:04 PM


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dave1marine February 18 2014 at 9:12 PM

Ahhhhh. Hasenpfeffer! Yum!

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Debbie February 18 2014 at 9:07 PM

How horable that they used any animal for that purpose...and now they are the cutest bunnies around...it has such a happy ending.

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redyke Debbie February 19 2014 at 1:37 AM

Debbie your right they should buy their meat in the super market instead of killing animals and eating them ;)

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Gina February 18 2014 at 3:50 PM

That is adorable! There's also a cat island as well.

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The Canoli King Gina February 18 2014 at 9:22 PM

Yep, Restaurant hours are from 11:00 to 6:00.

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joebitesmebiden February 18 2014 at 3:55 PM

People there don't eat them?

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vtmilitia joebitesmebiden February 18 2014 at 4:00 PM

That would mean you would have to kill them, they hop out of pots it seems. Urbanites have a deathly fear of bloodying their hands.

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ronald1216 February 18 2014 at 5:07 PM

wow thats what i call rabbit island

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mountainmania09 February 18 2014 at 5:12 PM

Only 300 rabbits from 8 in 1929. There must be some disease killing them.

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rdj735 mountainmania09 February 18 2014 at 5:37 PM

They are suceptable to tularemia, commonly known as rabbit fever. Their population peaks, some get sick and die and the ones that don't succumb reproduce and so goes the cycle. Nice to hear a good story instead of the ones usually involving the bad side of human nature.

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hypnosiscanwork rdj735 February 18 2014 at 5:46 PM

the fact that they were put there to be a mustard gas experiment certainly shows a bad side of humans

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