Japanese man risks life to feed animals in a radioactive zone
Naoto Matsumura is someone with whom you're probably not familiar, and that's okay because sometimes our biggest heroes go unnoticed. Fortunately, Naoto Matsumura's story as the only man living in the 12.5-mile radioactive zone in Fukushima, Japan has recently been brought to the public eye.
The reason that the former construction worker lives in the radiation-soaked area is because he stays to take care of the animals who were left behind. Naoto Matsumura first fled the area after the disaster but then came back to care for the well-being of the area's wildlife.
The man acknowledges that he's putting himself in a dangerous health situation but refuses to think about it. "They told me that I wouldn't get sick for 30 or 40 years," he said. "I'll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn't care less."
The pictures below show Naoto Matsumura tirelessly feeding dogs, cats, cows, and even an ostrich. The government has forbidden the animal lover from living in the area, but the model citizen refuses to leave.
UPDATE: Plumfund has set up a donation page for Naoto Matsumura HERE. All funds from the campaign will be wired to him directly to help pay for the costs of feeding and caring for the animals.
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