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Fukushima pets in no-go zone face harsh winter

General February 4, 2012

Members of UKC Japan care for pets which are rescued from inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, at the pet shelter in Samukawa townFUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Dogs and cats that were abandoned in the Fukushima exclusion zone after last year’s nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region’s freezing winter weather. “If left alone, tens of them will die everyday. Unlike well-fed animals that can keep themselves warm with their own body fat, starving ones will just shrivel up and die,” said Yasunori Hoso, who runs a shelter for about 350 dogs and cats rescued from the 20-km evacuation zone around the crippled nuclear plant. …


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