People have abandoned hundreds of cats on a deserted Brazilian island. Officials aren’t sure how to save them.


Category:  Pets & Animals

Via:  hallux  •  3 years ago  •  7 comments

By:    https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/terrence-mccoy/

People have abandoned hundreds of cats on a deserted Brazilian island. Officials aren’t sure how to save them.
It wasn’t cat paradise. It was Cat Alcatraz.

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ILHA FURTADA, Brazil — Eduardo Mayhe Ferreira has heard the stories for years. There was an island off Brazil’s southeastern coastline that looked deserted but wasn’t. Hidden within the dense tree cover were hundreds of abandoned animals.

Officially named Ilha Furtada, it was known to almost everyone as Ilha dos Gatos: Island of the Cats.

It was rumored to be dangerous to visit. The cats had grown to the size of dogs and gone feral, people said. They would attack outsiders. One Brazilian reporter,  writing of the “mysterious” island , claimed 750 “wild” cats roamed its jungle; others said more. The number seemed to climb with every telling.

Now Mayhe, a municipal veterinarian in nearby Mangaratiba, was motorboating across translucent waters to see for himself. Before this city-backed expedition, he had never stepped onto the island but knew enough to understand there was a problem. One rumor was true: Over the past year, as the coronavirus pandemic devastated Brazil, the number of cats on the island had grown substantially. Two distinct colonies had formed. The cats were hundreds strong. Each day seemed to bring more —


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PhD Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    3 years ago

I'm guessing there are few if any rodents left ...

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hallux @1    3 years ago

Then those cats are going to hunt themselves to extinction

Split Personality
Professor Guide
1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Hallux @1    3 years ago
Aoshima, also known as Cat Island, is an island in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, known for its large number of feline residents. Felines have been reported by news outlets to outnumber humans by ratios between 6:1 and 10:1, but as elderly inhabitants of the island have died, the ratio has greatly increased to almost 36:1.

Check out the pictures...

In one of the UTube interviews an Older woman describes the terrible mice problem they once had, lol...

Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
1.2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Split Personality @1.2    3 years ago


Wow...........in this case a picture (or lot of pictures) IS worth a thousand words. 

Professor Expert
2  Krishna    3 years ago

Well, its not just Brazil:

Cats take over Japanese island

There is a tiny fishing village off Japan's west coast, where humans are outnumbered by a burgeoning population of felines. The locals call it Cat Island. Seth Doane reports on the scenic spot where scores of cats are proving to be a potent tourist draw.

Professor Expert
2.1  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @2    3 years ago

But hey-- why limit yourself to just Cat islands?

If Cats aren't your thing...the are islands that specialize in other creatures as well!

How about...a Snake island?

Professor Quiet
2.1.1  shona1  replied to  Krishna @2.1    3 years ago

Morning Krishna...at least we just don't have them on small islands...we have them everywhere.


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