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Stranded animals roam Fukushima's nuclear rubble

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The stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is proving a draw for a selection of animals.

At least two dogs and a cat have been caught on the operators’ webcams, picking their way through highly dangerous radioactive rubble.

The site has been the exclusive domain of specialised rescue teams since Japan’s earthquake and tsunami shattered reactors at the plant in March.

Some 80,000 residents were cleared from a 20 kilometre exclusion zone around the power station. It is believed scores of thousands of domesticated animals were left behind, when they fled.

General manager at the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Junichi Matsumoto, said: “We are currently focussing on getting the plant operational again. So while there are dogs and other small animals inside the plant grounds, at the moment we don’t have the resources to take care of them.”

The animals’ plight is not priority number one at the plant crisis meetings.

One US animal welfare group is pressing Japanese authorities for closer access to the plant to feed and rescue those stranded.