Naoto Matsumura is the only human who now lives in Fukushima’s 12.5-mile radiation exclusion zone in Japan.
At first he fled the radation-riddle area, but he returned soon after to feed his animals.
Matsumura then realized that there were thousands of other creatures that needed to be fed, as well. The 55-year-old says he knows the radiation levels are dangerous but refuses to worry about it.
“They told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less,” he said.
When he first returned, he saw that thousands of cows had died after being locked up in barns. He freed the creatures that had been left tied up by their owners and takes care of all of them.
Today, most of the creatures rely on him for food, and he works entirely on the support of donations and from money out of his own pocket.
This inspiring, kind and brave man is known as the guardian of Fukushima’s animals.
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