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

What an impressive organisation IFAW is. I have a huge respect for all who work for and with this organisation. No matter where in the world they are needed to help and assist in animal rescue and care they are there, and they do such a wonderful job. Keep up the good work IFAW and thank you.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I would urge anyone who is not an animal lover or one who does not usually advocate towards animal rights, animal conservation and protection towards animal welfare and dignity, to watch this and feel for this dog and its companion that it has chosen to remain beside to help out in its hour of need. :)

This is a selfless act of pure animal caring nature in its instinctive best, devoted towards the welfare of another animal. Quite wonderful to see :)

I would encourage people who do not own pets or who do not have much regard for animals to see this and learn from it and hope to change to treat all animals with a care, respect and dignity for their sensitive feelings.

You see it is not just this dog but all of them that are like this; all dogs are very sensitive and capable of showing great regard and love for one another and for their owners/friends/companions. They are most deserving of our gentleness and understanding/forgiveness; our resources and our love to allow them to be protected, loved and cared for with gentle words and comforting embraces everyday and regularly throughout their lives.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

To Debra N., Have just read you post...
Yes, Please give to IFAW--The International Fund for Animal Welfare, this present site on which these postings are recorded. The organization IFAW has an Emergency Relief Team and may be reached through their website through Fred O'Regan, fred@ifaw1.org

You may also give regularly to your local humane society and animal protection agencies as well as to PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I am always impressed with the work that IFAW does and have huge respect for all who work for this organisation. No matter where in the world, where help is needed to assist ALL animals in whatever situation, IFAW is there. Keep up the good work, you are WONDERFUL.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

vraiment touchant !!!!!!!!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Los seres humanos tenemos mucho que aprender de la nobleza y lealtad de los perros, y animales en
general; què alegrìa que haya gente que se preocupa por ayudarlos en èstos desastres naturales!!! GRACIAS y que Dios los bendiga.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Es realmente conmovedor. Yo puse el video en mi muro de facebook y además lo voy también a publicar en el blog de mi perro Pippo en el cual él cuenta su vida y experiencias. Gracias por habermelo enviado.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

We cant just comment and just do nothing people, please lets send some help by supporting all the companys that will send help over there the easy part it to donate, i coulnt go there and help my heart its not that strong to see the pain but i know there is people that are strong to go and help these animal all they need its a way to get there and medicine please dont forget to donate even if it 5dlls i think it will help.

Just wanting for them to be safe or crying in front of the computer its not gonna do anyone help!.

please support! i will donate for IFAW i know they will do something more then what any one of us could.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

its fantastic that they survived and it warms my heart that they are protecting each other!!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

You are like me i couldent stop crying but thank god they were both rescued it was so touching how the spaniel was standing over the injured dog i was very moved by it.

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