Police officers combing a no-entry zone near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant came into contact with an unexpected survivor on Nov. 9.
An ostrich, believed to have escaped from a nearby ostrich farm, appeared out of nowhere and crossed in front of a procession of police vehicles.
The officers had mounted an intensive search for people who remain unaccounted for around the Tomioka fishing port in Fukushima Prefecture.
The search effort was led by the prefectural police department and other government agencies.
The area is located in a no-entry zone within a 20-kilometer radius of the stricken power plant. Within the no-entry zone, many wrecked cars and a huge amount of rubble have yet to be removed.
About 130 riot police and officers from the Japan Coast Guard took part in the search.
According to the prefectural police department, 226 people remain unaccounted for in Fukushima Prefecture following the March 11 disaster.
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