Dog Survives Japan Tsunami, Rescued After 3 Weeks at Sea
For just a moment, all Japan could smile. That’s because against all odds, the Japanese Coast Guard rescued a dog, found alive on the roof of a house that had been washed more than 1.1 miles (1.8km) out to sea by the devastating tsunami that struck the country three weeks ago. According to the Telegraph, the dog took several hours to rescue because it kept scrambling away across the floating rubble. But once it was captured, the animal “captured the hearts of the coast guards” in turn.
The only problem is, nobody knows who owns the lucky dog. There was no name tag or ID of any sort on its collar. Japanese broadcaster NTV said the Coast Guard hopes the pet will somehow lead them to its owner.
Good news is hard to come by these days in Japan. The death toll from the March 11 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami currently stands at 11,800; some 15,540 people are still missing. Japanese rescue services, aided by US troops stationed in Japan, are engaged in search and recovery missions to find the missing, all of whom are now presumed dead.