The disaster in Fukushima, Japan has been well-documented. And obviously, it has caused a lot of damage to properties, as well as to humans. But, aside from these two, there is another population that has suffered greatly – the animals that were left in the radioactive exclusion zone.
While everybody was busy migrating away from the zone, one 55-year-old man, chose to stay. Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker, decided to live in the zone to care for all the animal survivors.
Because of his efforts of feeding all the animals left behind by the people rushing their way to evacuate the 12.5 mile exclusion zone, Naoto was dubbed as the “Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals”. Though he is well-aware of the radiation, he doesn’t really worry about it. However, he takes careful steps of only eating food that is imported into the zone.
Learn more about what he does inside the exclusion zone in the photos below:
This is Naoto Matsumura, the only human brave to live in the 12.5 mile exclusion zone of Fukushima.
At first, he evacuated. But later on, he decided to go back and care for the animals.
He went back first for his animals. But, he realized there were others who also needed his help.
Although he knows much about the radiation, he “refuses to worry about it”.
“They also told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 or 40 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less,” he said.
He even discovered thousands of cows died locked in barns.
He also freed lots of animals that had been left chained up by their owners.
Now, many animals depend on him for food.
Even if the government has forbidden him from staying, it doesn’t stop him either.
It was in 2011 when he started doing this.
In order feed all the animals, he relies on the donations of supporters.
He is now called the ‘Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals’.
And the pictures below say it all: