Tsubu-chan passed away. (Inuneko Kyusainowa)

May 20th, 2013
Tsubu-chan passed away. (Inuneko Kyusainowa)

Protect No: 163 2011
Place: Namie-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima (in the route 114)
Black and white, female
Name (temporary): Tsubu
FIV: positive
Foster parent: Matsumoto (Kanagawa)

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In 2011, breaking through the barricade was the only way to to get into off-limits areas within 20KM of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The barricades became stronger and stronger. During that period, we crossed the mountain in Katsurao-mura. We could only use this rout for a very short time, but we saved many lives within the off-limits area. Tsubu-chan was one of them. The tiny, weak, black and white cat was walking unsteadily. Though many cats remained there, we rescued a lot. I can still remember the moment when I captured each of them. I missed Tsubu-chan many times, but finally captured her behind a big stone of a stone shop. She was very small, and named “Tsubu”. She got used to being stroked and held, but looked uncomfortable. She was very small and thin. She felt pain in her mouth. I gave her a/d can with syringe a little by little. But it was very difficult to get her to gain weight.

After a while, someone called me and said that maybe she was their cat. Sadly, that turned out not to be so. Tsubu-chan could never meet again with her family. Recently she liked to be held and stroked. Tsubu-chan and I had very happy times together. I found a cloth which I used in Fukushima. Although washed, it still had some kind of grass stuck to it. "Tsubu-chan, here is grass from Fukushima", I covered her. Try as I might, I could not hold back my tears.

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