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

JAPANESE DO NOT EAT DOGS!!!.....................SOME POOR ASIANS DO..............LIKE AMERICANS EAT PIGS....THAT ARE AS SMART AS DOGS!!!...............I DON'T EAT ANY MAMMALS OR FOWL.......OR DRINK MILK, EAT EGGS .....OR CHEESE. I KNOW THE FACTS..................DO YOUR RESEARCH!
I WON'T OBJECTIFY OR OPPRESS ANY ANIMAL........................FOR THEY ARE MY GOD!!!......PURE KINDNESS AND THE WILD ANIMALS ARE JUST AWESOME BY NATURE. PEACE TO ALL.........KINDNESS!. SAD FOR JAPAN AND THEIR GRIEF OF LOSE. ANIMALS HAVE IT THE WORST!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

LOVE ....................RESPECT....ADMIRE ALL ALL ALL ALL ANIMALS!..I HELP THEM EVERY DAY. ALSO...SO GLAD THAT I DO NOT EAT THEM......................SAVE THE DOGS..CATS...WHALES ................AND DOLPHIN!!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Crying my eyes out, so happy though that these two loyal, brave and beautiful animals have been rescued. I agree with all the above, animals can teach humans much more than we can teach each other, about love, loyalty and friendship. My heart goes out to all the animals and people of Japan. May many more animals be rescued and helped and may these two wonderful dogs either find their owners, or a new home together, for surely no-one would separate them.

May God protect everyone, especially those who are helping the animals.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

as soon as they get that reactor under control , iwould be willing to pay my own fare to get over there and help. if anyone is organizing a humanitarian/animal aid trip please contact at histick20@aol.com

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Those dogs have made the tragedy enter our understanding as no amount of human stoicism could. I will donate and hope with all my heart that these two dogs are adopted together and have a chance to live a calm and gentle life, loved by people who have affection and compassion in their heart, and that the many other animal survivors are discovered and saved..

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank God for Organizations like IFAW - I pray that it is not too late by the time you reach out to these poor animals. I do hope that they keep the two dogs together at the shelter - After all they 've been through it will be stressful for the dogs to be be separated. I pray their owner made it too!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Mon dieu comme c'est triste et beau,j'en ai les larmes aux yeux.Mais que vont-ils devenir et comme ils doivent être malheureux.Si je pouvais faire quelque chose.Faut-il envoyer de l'argent pour les sauver,et où?Comme ils doivent avoir faim , soif et froid.Ils sont seul .C'est affreux?J'espère qu'ifaw fera quelque chose ,
Il nous faut TOUS envoyer de l'argent pour les sauver ainsi que les chats et autres...

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

what a great storie ! I hope Chinese watch this video... they might understand why we should not eat dogs !

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I dare not think of the radiation effects upon those with four legs or two wings ...... Hugs to Fred for ALL that you do for all those that we love ..... JAG in Oz .....

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Bless the beasts and the children for they have no choice. May these reporters be greatly blessed for being the voice for these two animals that had no choice. Am sure we are all asking for mercy and blessings for all in Japan. What a great tragedy.

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