Cute animals take over the beach and live the island life

Cat Island. It Exists!!

You might have heard about the islands in Japan with the crazy cat populations. There are even more islands throughout the world that have been taken over by cute critters. There are even islands with swimming pigs.

Island ecosystems are very different than mainland ones and once the population of a particular animal grows, it is certainly becomes noticeable. With no where to escape to and usually no natural predator, the populations can quickly skyrocket.

We put together a list of some of the cutest island dwellers out there.

Check out the photos below of animals enjoying the island life.

Animal populations that have taken over various islands
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Animal populations that have taken over various islands

Rabbits - Takehara Island, Japan

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Takehara Island was home to a poison gas plant during World War II. After the war, the poison was destroyed and the test animals were set loose. There were no natural predators for the rabbits, so the population grew quickly. 

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A tourist feeds rabbits on Okunoshima Island on February 24, 2014 in Takehara, Japan.

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Horses - Assateague Island, Maryland

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Though the wild horses of Assateague roam close to humans, people are encouraged not to pet or feed them. They are pretty, but have been known to hurt visitors who they try to feed them or get too close. 

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A group of feral horses walk towards the ocean at the Assateague Island National Seashore in Berlin, MD, on August 20, 2013. During the hot summer months the horses of the Assateague herd can often be found by the beach, where the breeze limits the bugs.

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A horse passes Gavin Rose, 2, of Rochester, NY, at the Assateague Island National Seashore in Berlin, MD, on August 19, 2013. Many visitors are drawn to the island after reading Marguerite Henry's book Misty of Chincoteague, and hope to have close encounters with the famous horses. Campers are forbidden from feeding or petting the horses, who have been known to bite and kick visitors.

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Puffins - Island of Runde, Norway

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Birdwatchers come from all over just to see the puffins on the Island of Runde. These birds are native to the island and their large population is hard to ignore.

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A puffin is seen on the island of Runde July 25, 2007.

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Seals - Seal Island, South Africa

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Over 60,000 seals live on the rocky shores of Seal Island. The entire island is completely covered with the seals. 

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South African fur seal, Arctocephalus pusillus, in the swell and surf six nautical miles from the coast of Gansbaai are two small islands Iceland Dyer and Geyser Rock. On the rocky island of Geyser Rock a seal colony lives. Here lurks a large concentration of White Sharks waiting for them to go out to fishing for food.

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Pigs - Island of Big Major Cay, Bahamas

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The pigs on this island are a mystery. Popular belief is that sailors left the pigs there with the intent to come back and cook them. The uninhabited island has around 20 pigs who love to swim in the water with visitors.

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A swimming pig off the island of Big Major Cay, in the central Bahamas.

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Chickens - Kauai, Hawaii

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Since the roosters, hens, and chicks have no natural predators on this island, the population has gotten out of control. Thousands of chickens now roam the area.

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Cats - Tashirojima Island, Japan

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The island of Tashirojima has even more cats than it does humans. The island is known as the Island for Cats. Residents love the companions and keep them healthy and well fed.

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Cats relax on the street on Tashirojima Island on June 8, 2009 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

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Deer - Miyajima Island, Japan

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The deer on Miyajima island are know for being extremely tame. When residents started feeding them, however, they became completely dependent on humans for food. 

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Wild deer and floating torii at low tide at Miyajima Island.

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