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VIDEO: woman chased by rabbits on Japanese island

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(WFLA) - Things got hare-y for a tourist when she visited a tiny island off Japan's coast that is overrun with rabbits.

According to the YouTube video description, posted by Robin Otaway, the woman offered the swarm of rabbits food.  When she started walking away, they followed her, hoping for snacks.

Okunoshima is known as "Rabbit Island", because of the hordes of hares that roam there.  It used to be a base for the Imperial Japanese Army.  During World War II, mustard gas and tear gas were allegedly produced there.  Tourists are not allowed in the abandoned factories because of the potential danger.

Many visitors are more interested in the wildlife.  There are various theories about why the rabbits are so plentiful: some say they were brought to the island as scientific test subjects; others claim they were released during a school field trip.

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