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Swept away, rescued, and now reunited

That dog we showed you Saturday — the one who was rescued from atop the rubble of a home after being swept more than a mile out to sea by the tsunami in Japan?

Today she was reunited with her owner.

The reunion took place at an animal shelter in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, where the dog, named Ban, was returned to an overjoyed owner, three weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.

Ban, a two-year-old mixed breed, was plucked off the wreckage of a house drifting in the sea Friday by a Japanese helicopter rescue crew. You can see that video here. Apparently, she spent more than three weeks adrift.

The dog’s owner, whose name was not made public, saw the rescue on television and rushed to claim her pet, according to both Voice of America and the Associated Press.

Thousands of people and countless pets are still missing three weeks after the disaster, which left more than 12,000 people dead.


Comment from FannyMae
Time April 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Happy Day!!!!

Comment from Frank Caesar Branchini
Time April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

With so much depressing news it is so wonderful to hear a story like this with a happy ending.

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

With all of the anguish and devastation wrought by the Japanese earthquakes and tsunami, this reunion will doubtless be one of only a small number of such cases. Still, the joy expressed by both dog and mom are universal, poignant, and priceless. Thanks again for showing us the light John. (I wonder if “Ban” is Japanese for “Lucky”.)