Cat lovers dreams have come true in the small fishing village  of Aoshima in Japan where cats outnumber  the human inhabitants 6-1. This tiny island is home to only 22 people but there are over 120 cats! The story goes that the islanders  raised silkworms  to produce silk for their fishing nets . But mice eat silkworms, so cats were kept in order to keep the mice population down! People from the island will sometimes feed  the feral felines  but mostly the cats fend for themselves by eating fresh fish.
As most of the population are classified as elderly the survival of the island is threatened ….But the people from Aoshima do not want the tourists to disrupt  their peaceful lives.
There is one ferry  to the island so there can only be 34 visitors every day. But there are no hotels and no shops here – only elderly inhabitants and a ton of cats. Would you visit Aoshima? Let us know in the comments!
fishing village ['vɪlɪʤ] рыбацкая деревня
outnumber [ˌaut'nʌmbə] превосходить по численности
islander ['aɪləndə] островетянин
silkworm ['sɪlkwɜːm] шелкопряд
fishing nets рыболовные сети
feed [fiːd] кормить
feral ['fer(ə)l ] felines ['fiːlaɪnz] дикие кошки
threatened ['θret(ə)nd] находящийся под угрозой исчезновения
disrupt [dɪs'rʌpt] разрушать
ferry ['ferɪ] переправа