Story: Farmer Returned to Dead Zone to Care for Abandoned Pets, Livestock
Before the Fukushima disaster, Naoto Matsumura was one of nearly 16,000 residents of his town, Tomioka. Now, he — and the animals he cares for — are all who’s left.
Our dogs didn’t get fed for the first few days. When I did eventually feed them, the neighbors’ dogs started going crazy. I went over to check on them and found that they were all still tied up. Everyone in town left thinking they would be back home in a week or so, I guess. From then on, I fed all the cats and dogs every day. They couldn’t stand the wait, so they’d all gather around barking up a storm as soon as they heard my truck. Everywhere I went there was always barking. Like, ‘we’re thirsty’ or, ‘we don’t have any food.’ So I just kept making the rounds.
Why would someone endure living in a place with 17 times normal radiation levels?
Watch and find out.