May 2011 Issue

Earthquake and Tsunami Spared “Cat Island”

Japan’s "cat island" — known formally as Tashirojima — was found to be relatively intact after March’s devasting 9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, according to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support. The small island is home to at least 100 people — mostly elderly — and many more cats. The animals are valued by the residents for their beauty, companionship and ability to keep the rodent population down in this fishing area.

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