04 Apr '11, 5pm

Tsunami-stranded dog reunited with owner in Japan

Tsunami-stranded dog reunited with owner in Japan

TOKYO: A dog that was rescued from a floating roof off Japan's tsunami-battered northeast coast was reunited with its owner on Monday, public broadcaster NHK said. Two-year-old Ban yapped and jumped into the arms of her owner, a woman in her 50s and a resident of Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture, a port town severely hit in the March 11 disaster, television footage showed. A Japan Coast Guard elite rescue unit picked up the dog after spotting it on a floating house roof two kilometres from Kesennuma, in a rescue widely broadcast as a rare happy moment amid the calamity. The woman recognised her pet, which was kept in an animal shelter following its rescue late last week, after watching NHK: "I recognised her immediately after seeing her face," she said, hugging the animal. "I am happy that she seems healthy. I want to cherish her when I take her back," she added, as Ban lick...

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