Three years after the devastation brought by the double disasters of earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan, many can still feel its effects up to now. Numerous lives and properties were lost, never to come back, doubling the feeling of hopelessness most victims feel in the aftermath. While many families feel the pain and loss until now, one family is rejoicing after being reunited with their pet cat, which they thought was killed in the tsunami that hit the region in 2011.
Suika, a black cat owned by Kazuko and Takeo Yamagishi, disappeared on March 11, 2011 in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. It was the day the earthquake and tsunami ravaged the northern part of Japan and their area was one of those severely hit. Both his owners looked for Suika for three months after the disaster, hoping to find her amidst all the rubble and ruin. The Yamagishis eventually lost hope in finding her alive and went on to assume that she perished that day. Suika had been with them for 12 years and it was difficult for the Yamagishis to accept that she would not return.
Fortunately, a couple saw the cat in a pine forest in Rikuzentakata last month. The area was also greatly affected by the tsunami and is nine miles away from Ofunato, where the cat came from. They took the cat to a health center where an employee checked its collar for its owner’s information and found the number of the Yamagishis. Though faded, the employee was able to decipher the numbers and contact the couple to pick up their cat. Takeo Yamagishi was overjoyed to find Suika and described the whole scenario as “just like a dream.” Even their daughter, who lives in Tokyo, was very happy to know that their pet cat has been found. Suika, who is like family to the Yamagishis, also seemed to be content, knowing she has been found.
[via The Telegraph]