Village in Taiwan, which cats rescued from neglect
• Village in Taiwan, which the cats rescued from neglect
Dying all over the world villages abound - young people are not willing to stay in the countryside, go to the city, and so small settlements gradually been neglected, and eventually, they disappear from the map. Perhaps the same fate could befall the village Houtong in Taiwan, where once coal was mined, if not ordinary domestic cats ...
Houtong once was in the territory of a Japanese colony and built here an excellent rail connection - with the help of the railway from this region exported coal. In the best years in the mines Houtonga mined for coal 220 000 per year, and 6,000 people lived in homes Houtonga that Taiwanese village very decent figure.
But in the 1990s the coal industry began to wane, and the youth Houtonga began to leave their homes. In the village there are only a few hundred residents, mine stopped, and the notorious railway less and less used. It is possible that with time and does Houtong be turned into a deserted place, if one of its inhabitants are not concerned about the fate of abandoned animals, namely cats. Without people cat ran wild and bred, but just as often, and died, not having enough opportunity to feed themselves.
In 2008, several local residents decided to change the situation. They photographed the local seals and left the Internet ads, inviting all comers from all over to come to Taiwan Houtong and pet lions, feed them and to show that people can be attentive and affectionate. Suddenly, on the invitation responded.
From the moment of the announcement in Houtong was coming more and more people each time. Word of mouth worked. People came and talked with seals, took pictures, exposed pictures in the social network - and the more people learn about this place. Soon to come here regularly become amateur photographers who want to make a frame with each kitten, as well as animal lovers who want to pat all the lonely humming.
Today Houtonge cats except that slightly less than living people here, but they are definitely more famous. And arrogant ginger cats, and tender black and white cats, and simple-striped fur seals - all meet new visitors, tending to them or snacks, or for a portion of their affection.
The locals such attention and are happy - they organized a sale of souvenirs on a cat theme, made sweets in the form of cats, here and there stuck various images of seals - and even a large tunnel leading from the station to the city, got ears and tail.
In the past, when this village was just formed, we lived here, and cats, and monkeys. all the characters you can see on the emblem of the village, which was then proud of this area - it is next to stand a cat, a miner and a monkey. However, the test of time have been just humming. Now everything is in Houtonge enchanted by them and by the tourists who come here. Souvenir shops are greeted visitors already directly at the railway station. And as always, you can find a set of rules of conduct. According to this list, can not be coming to chase cats and scare them, you can not use the flash when photographing animals, you can not leave food on the street and feed the seals homemade food, but it is required to wash their hands after contact with animals and take all trash brought back with him together.