Cat Heaven Island

The small Japanese island of Tashirojima has been dubbed ‘Cat Heaven’ by visitors. Home to only one hundred people, cats far outnumber humans in the tiny fishing village.  

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Cats were originally brought to the island to keep the mice population in check as the rodents were predators of the silkworms that were raised to spin silk to make nets. Over time, the population has aged and the silk farms have vanished – however the cats have remained and their numbers have exploded. 

The remaining locals, mostly in their seventies, pamper the cats and feed them fish. It is believed, in line with Japanese folklore, the cats bring good luck and prosperity. The fishermen also examine the behaviour of the cats to determine weather and fish patterns, which they believe they are able to predict. 


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For five years photographer Fubirai followed the cats around the village and

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Flesh-Eating Disease Found In Dogs on Vancouver Island

In dogs, a rare flesh-eating disease, ‘Necrotizing Fasciitis’ is found on Vancouver Island. The veterinarians encourage people to be aware of the disease and take care of their pets.

Necrotizing Fasciitis is a disease affecting the skin, underlying fats and fascia. The bacteria keep eating the healthy tissue of the dogs. The bacteria in the body enter through the wounds or cuts in the body of your pet.

The disease is often hard to treat and is seen to be fatal. The Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital is making people aware of the disease and is suggesting not to panic in this situation.

Until now, six cases of Necrotizing Fasciitis have been reported in Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum Beach since October. The disease occurred in five different breeds of dogs and the sixth case information has yet to be known as the owners have not released any information.

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