This story has hints of nostalgia for me, since cattle found wandering the city streets is not news but a daily occurrence. Dodging them is a part of the daily driving routine, however this is not India, and colliding with roaming cattle in the no-entry zone around the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is news for us all!
Reports of several collisions between cars and cattle from the restricted zone have been trickling in. Futaba Police Station says that 23 of the 25 processed cases happened at night-time. As the streetlights in the zone are out at night, distinguishing the black cows from the cloak of night has been difficult. Luckily no one has been injured (except for the cattle) in the incidents reported so far.
Fukushima Prefectural Government says that ever since the disaster last year, almost 2,000 cattle in the no-entry zone were euthanized or disposed. Prefectural workers and others are helping to round up the 200-odd cattle that are currently roaming in the zone. In one of the funny incidents, a police car with its red light on was surrounded by cattle and attacked by bulls with horns!
For the moment, Futaba police station wants people to stay alert and obey the speed limit. Better listen to them, unless you want to become another statistic.
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