31 Jan. 2012
SAMUKAWA TOWN, Japan
ATTENTION EDITORS - IMAGE 9 OF 18 TO GO WITH PICTURE PACKAGE 'FUKUSHIMA PET RESCUE'
The ashes of cats who died after being rescued from the Fukushima exclusion zone, are placed in urns at the United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan)'s pet shelter in Samukawa town, Kanagawa prefecture January 25, 2012. Dogs and cats that were abandoned in the Fukushima exclusion zone after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their pets. Picture taken January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANIMALS DISASTER POLITICS)