In Fukushima, Japan, a tsunami and an earthquake triggered hydrogen explosions, a series of nuclear meltdowns, and the release of radioactive contamination. Due to these unfortunate events, the residents were forced to abandon their homes and everything they owned.
There were no plans to rescue the animals trapped in the area after the nuclear meltdowns.
Most people would assume that the animals had no chance of survival in the absence of food and water. However, researchers discovered that wildlife populations in the area continue to thrive a decade after the incident.
Two men stayed in Fukushima to care for the abandoned animals.
Sakae Kato and Naoto Matsumura, who are unrelated, live within the damaged reactor’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. They look after stray animals who were left behind when humans evacuated the town.
Matsumura, like everyone else, initially left the city.
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“At first, I didn’t intend to stay. “I grabbed my family and fled.”
Unfortunately, his relatives who live in other cities turned him down. They were concerned about possible contamination. The evacuation camps did not appear to be promising either. They were quickly filling up, and their resources were running low.
When he returned, he discovered that the family’s animals had yet to be fed.
“For the first few days, our dogs were not fed. When I finally fed them, the dogs in the neighborhood went crazy. When I went over to check on them, I discovered that they were still all tied up. Everyone in town left with the expectation of returning home in a week or so.”
He decided to stay because they didn’t have any humans to look after them.
Since then, he has been feeding all of the dogs and cats every day. He is responsible for the abandoned city’s vast animal population.
Matsumura was concerned about the effects of radiation on his body after returning. Cancer and other serious health problems are possible. However, he is no longer concerned about them.
Matsumura was told by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency that he wouldn’t get sick for at least a couple of years. They estimated that the effects would manifest themselves after 30 to 40 years.
He responded with:
“I’ll probably be dead by then, so I couldn’t care less.”
Many people were perplexed as to why he chose to return and stay. After all, the dangers remain.
According to the farmer:
“I’m filled with rage. That is why I am still present. I refuse to leave and release my rage and grief. When I see my hometown, I cry. The government and the people of Tokyo have no idea what is going on here.”
Kato, on the other hand, chose to live in his mountain home.
He looks after more than 40 cats and a stray dog he adopted. He also feeds abandoned animals that come to his house, including local wild boars.
“I want to make sure I’m here to handle the last one.” After that, whether it’s a day or an hour later, I want to die.”
These two men are still caring for the animals in the area. They are not afraid to put their lives in danger. The lives of the animals are important to them.
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