An army of cats completely takes over an island in Japan

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

If you've not yet heard about Japan's famous 'Cat Island', then you're in for a treat. The remote Aoshima island in southern Japan’s Ehime prefecture is literally crawling with our feline friends where they outnumber humans six to one.

Curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village, fighting over each day's spoils from the local fishermen, these beautiful feral creatures were originally introduced to the area to kill mice living on the locals' boats. But things soon got out of control, as nature took its cause, and today Aoshima is overrun by 120 cats, and counting. The island is becoming so internationally recognised that it's added itself to the tourist trail.

Via Reuters | Photography by REUTERS/Thomas Peter

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

REUTERS/Thomas Peter