After the 2011 earthquake that produced a tsunami devastating the coastal regions north of Tokyo and that led to three nuclear reactor meltdowns at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan, the national government required inhabitants in a zone around the nuclear plant to evacuate. Eventually, 154,000 evacuated but many left their animals behind. This report prepared by faculty at the Kitasato School of Veterinary Medicine documented what happened to the animals left in the exclusion zone. It is one of the only published reports looking at how one might deal with animals that have been contaminated by the fallout from a nuclear accident.
Ito, N., Natsuhori, M., Wada, S., Kawamata, J., Masuda, K., Sato, T., Kawasaki, A. & Kakizaki, T. (2013). The Study on the Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Animals. Laboratory of Veterinary Radiology and radiation Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Kitasato University, Towado, Japan 034-8628.