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
3 years ago

+1!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

great vedeo, made me cry. I think animals display more "human" emotions than than us people.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

When I see the compassion and concern expressed by animals , in this case dogs, I realize that the real animals are not the beasties in the world but the humans. I know what I am about to write is cruel in the wake of what has happened to a entire country: but here goes....at least for now the Japanese who are responsible for hurting, capturing, clubbing and stabbing dolfins wont be able to do so. I find it interesting that two of the many countries that kill dolfins ...Chile and Japan have both been hit with earthquakes and more importantly with tsunamis. The sea will reclaim well reclaim justice , such is the way of karma. There can not be an action with out a equal reaction...cause and effect is a law of physics and can not be over ridden by anyone or anything....so stop children look around...see whats going on...stop what we are doing ...its alot later then we might think

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

If only they would listen and pay attention...

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

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Anonymous
3 years ago

I'm so happy they were saved Wish I could be there to help <3 Japan <3

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I saw this scene on the news and it's been botherin me since. I hope that your note that vets actually did rescue these 2 beautiful dogs isn't just to tug mor at our heartstrings. I truly wish that they were rescued and are safe. My heart goes out to the people and all the animals that were affected by this devistation.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

There are many lessons to be learned for some who have watched this amazing video. God bless sthem and I do hope in time they are with their owners or new companions after such a devastating situation. The loyalty shown is above reproach and should be well rewarded. I did see this before and knew the two dogs had been rescued, thankfully, and it was heartrendering to see it again.

As suggested, why can food not be dropped in the areas where animals are known to be. The bags will breaks open and they can at least have some foods. The same thing for Tashimojima (Cat Island) and the elderly people there - further north east where the only access right now is by helicopter/plane and food drops. The people are all elderly and love their animals but are in need of food/water/blankets, as are the animals. There are more aircraft deplaning from Europe. Put them to use.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

the injured dog looks like an english setter for what i can see of it, and it's protector a brittany spaniel. I hope they will be ok, and together from now on, It is so sad to see the devastation. Where in Japan is this? It is near the coast? mother earth sure can be scary when she wants to be.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I saw this video of the dogs on CNN yesterday. I wondered what happened after the cameras turned away. Would anyone help them? Would anyone care about two filthy, injured dogs when so many people are dead, missing, seriously injured with no medications or sterility or a roof overhead or a clean towel or water. I thought about the 2 dogs all day today. I kept thinking, I have to go to IFAW and see if they need donations for a rescue into Japan. I hope the dogs truly were saved and not just picked up or run off. As soon as there is a plan in place, I will happily donate to IFAW to help fund an animal rescue and emergency medical care for Japan's animals.

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