He Refused To Leave His Home On A Radioactive Island… When You Find Out Why You’ll Tear Up.
In March 2011, tragedy struck the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima when an earthquake caused a major tsunami to strike Fukushima's nuclear power plant. Today, few remain in the prefecture, including one particularly special resident of a small Fukushima village, otherwise known as "The Last Man of Fukushima."
After the tsunami, more than 57,000 people were forced to leave their homes to avoid risk of radiation poisoning. Unfortunately, many of them left their pets and animals behind.
Most of these animals would have quickly perished had it not been for Naoto Matsumura, who returned to the evacuated zone to feed them.
Matsumura returned to the small village of Tomioka, which is just about seven miles from the destroyed power plant.
Initially, Matsumura assumed that the animals' owners would return, so he decided to simply feed them in the interim.
However, after awhile, it became clear that the responsibility to care for these animals would remain his for the duration of many of the animals' lives.
Today, Matsumura still feeds the ostriches, dogs, cats, cows and horses of Fukushima, obtaining outside donations for their meals and water supply.
Matsumura explained his actions in an interview. "They couldn't stand the wait, so they'd all gather around barking up a storm as soon as they heard my truck" he said. "Everywhere I went there was always barking. Like 'we're thirsty' or 'we don't have any food' so I just kept making the rounds."
After four years, the animals have come to rely on Matsumura's selflessness. Thanks to him, they have a chance at living long and happy lives.