JAPAN QUAKE VIDEO: Dog Survivor Protects Injured Friend

3.24.11 UPDATE: The IFAW emergency relief team is deploying to Japan shortly. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: National Public Radio correspondent Scott Simon ran a story about animal rescue in Japan which talked about these two dogs and their being ok.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare Emergency Relief team continues to closely monitor the situation and the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor. As soon as the situation stabilizes and ensures responder safety, our IFAW team intends to be on the next plane in to begin our animal relief mission.

In the meantime, we are actively seeking to provide local animal groups with funding to help provide food, shelter, medicines and whatever else is needed.

And while we along with everyone else in the world has been watching the unthinkable coverage of the devastation, there has also been some amazingly touching footage of animals doing their best to survive.

Reporters filming the destruction from last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami came across a spaniel mix amid the rubble of a destroyed town.  The spaniel led the reporters to another dog who was injured and appeared unable to stand up.  The loyal spaniel stood watch over his mate as the reporters approached.

Here’s an English translation of the video (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura and copied from yahoo news):

> We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

> He has a collar. He must be someone's pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

> Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.

> Where?

> Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

> The dog is protecting him.

> Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

> I can't watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

> Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

> Yes! Yes! He is alive.

> He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

> Oh good. He's getting up.

> It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It's just amazing that they survived through this all.

The reporters managed to reach veterinarians from an animal rescue group and both dogs were rescued and are now at a local shelter.

The video  echoes the sentiments conveyed by  Japanese Emperor Akihito’s whose plea for his countrymen not to give up and to “treat each other with compassion and overcome these difficult times” was also quite moving, even via an English translation.

Please continue to monitor http://www.ifaw.org for updated information as we get it.

Comments: 116

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Yes!!! I agree wholeheartedly!! It is going to be a task of monumental undertaking but as human beings we have a knack for survival and so do animals as their instincts kick in. I also wish the very best for anyone going to Japan to help out. Our thoughts are with you every step of the way.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Hi Joan, yes I think that is a great idea. even if people can't get in can't they drop food by remote control aircraft or something? The zone isn't 1000's of miles around they could do something with all our vast technology of today.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I find it surreal to see footage of the aftermath. I have seen a lot of the hollywood blockbusters showing computer generated disaster images, knowing that they aren't real. Well now it makes my heart heavy to see the devastation which is so beyond anything our nightmares are made of. I hope that the poor souls in Japan know that so many people are thinking of them in their moments of complete despair as they have lost so much. Not only have their loved ones either disappeared or died, so many have lost jobs, homes, and much loved pets. It is so hard to sit and wait but in order for an effective rescue it has to be deemed safe for people to enter the radioactive zones. I know that the second the all clear is given there will be a massive world wide commitment to giving monetary and medical aid as well as animal care and rehabilitation. Some good must come out of this catastrophe as the world unites with a collective conscience to help it's fellow man.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

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Anonymous
4 years ago

I have been periodically leaving IFAW's website and info on the comments to the Ultimate Loyalty video on Youtube. Everyone seems to say they want to help. If you want to do the same we can all leave IFAW's info on the videos comments. i do hope the radiation situation stabilizes and you can get in there. I am sure that the places you guys need to get to ARE the hardest hit-therefore where the radiation is the worst. The less hit areas are probably helping the animals there. Can you appeal to the place in the USA to get the radiation suits they are giving out? It would be great publicity for them if they balk at donating some to you-just tell em that

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I believe that prayers can work miracles and I am praying now, for the safety of all the people and animals of Japan!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Hi Lisa - We intend to change this in the next few days...

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

This is just heartbreaking to watch, yet it's also comforting to know that because
this video went viral, these two good mates are on the road to recovery. Now
all we need is to figure out new ways to not only help the other animals in need
of rescue or care but just as importantly, the people of Japan. That reactor issue
isn't going to go away by itself and time is running out. If it goes up with all those
millions of people still there...God help us all.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Yes IFAW are doing a fantastic job in helping animals in the whole world! Outside the human concern and help...we should never forget that other innocent beings need our support too...God Bless you all IFAW.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Yes you right and to be honest when I saw the devastation from tsunami in Japan I thought just as you...thinking of the whales and dolphins...that karma law will always come back to those who hurt innocent beings. Still I am so sad to see that thousands people and animals have now to suffer from human thoughtless behavior especially knowing that nuclear sites were built on a very sensible area...

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