"Cat Island" Tweets Pleas for Cat Food and Internet Sends More Than They Can Store

The remote island of Aoshima is ruled by droves of fluffy felines. Commonly known as Cat Island, this famous Japanese locale has gained a lot of attention over the years because, as the name suggests, it's home to a lot of cats–according to The Atlantic, they outnumber humans six to one.

With so many cats, it means there are a lot of mouths to feed and this presents a problem for the island. It's approximately 13.5 kilometers (about 8.4 miles) away from Nagahama Bay and doesn't have a lot of stores to sustain itself, nor an easily accessible place to buy cat food. People use boats to acquire their necessities, but in an extremely windy winter, the service is often suspended.

Recently, supplies were running low for the cats of Aoshima, so one caretaker turned to Twitter for help. “Please understand our current situation,” a tweet from ?@Aoshima_cat read. “There are no stores to buy food here on Aoshima. There aren't any vending machines either.”

The Internet heard the plea and immediately reached out to help. Users sent cat food–so much of it, in fact, that the caretakers didn't have room to store it all! “With things the way they are now,” @Aoshima_cat explained, “we have enough food to last until the end of March, so please don't send any more for now.” They were very grateful, continuing, “We'll be fine until April. Thank you all very much.”

@Aoshima_cat: Website | Twitter
via [RocketNews24]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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