Us humans may think we rule the Earth, but nature clearly has other ideas. What is most incredible about the places on this list is the sheer concentration of a single species that has well and truly taken over.
Pig Beach – Exuma Cays, The Bahamas
This ultimate white sand paradise has something of a surprise in store for visitors, and it comes in the form of swimming pigs. Yes that’s right – pigs can swim, and these adorable locals have become famous the world over for their friendly presence in the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas.
Horses – Assateague Island, Virginia & Maryland, US
On Assateague Island, just off the east coast of Virginia and Maryland in the US, horses roam wild and free. Legend has it that these beautiful creatures arrived as survivors of a shipwreck and learned to live in their new habitat as feral animals where they continue to thrive to this day.
Cats – Aoshima Island & Tashirojima Island, Japan
Japan’s many islands are known for their natural beauty. But there are some that have made their name for a slightly stranger reason – cats. On the tiny islands of Aoshima and Tashirojima, there are more furry felines than humans. Locals take good care of them because they believe they bring good luck. The cats also come in handy for the many silkworm farms as they eat the mice who would otherwise eat the silkworms!
Crabs on Christmas Island, Indonesia
Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, and is mostly a national park. One particular species however has taken the island by storm – the Christmas Island red crab, famed for its mass migration into the sea during breeding season. At its peak, the population of red crabs reached an estimated 43 million!
Snake Island – Brazil
Approximately 90 miles off the coast of San Paulo in Brazil lies an island that is no longer safe for humans, thanks to its dense population of highly venomous snakes. Snake Island is home to an overwhelming number of golden lance-head vipers – a species responsible for over 90% of Brazilian snakebite fatalities. Locals estimate that there are between one and five of these deadly reptiles per square metre. Now that’s a lot of snakes.
Chickens – Kauai, Hawaii
Hawaii’s oldest island of Kauai is often referred to as The Garden Isle, thanks to its emerald forests, magical waterfalls and more than 60 golden beaches. But there is something else that draws visitors, and that is its resident population of chickens. Local lore is that many of these feathered friendlies are decedents of birds that escaped Hurricane Iwa in 1982, which blew open their coops thus setting them free.