Hachiko Died of Cancer?
Urgent Breaking News! A team of researchers at Tokyo University has determined that the famous loyal dog Hachiko may have died of cancer….back in 1935.
The original medical examination that took place shortly after the dog’s death ruled that the filarial worms in his stomach were the cause of death. Because Hachiko’s was so famous, his body was stuffed and put on display at Tokyo’s National Museum of Nature and Science and his internal organs were preserved in jars.
Last year, a team of researchers decided to use modern medical technology to reexamine the dog’s organs. Using an MRI scan and some microscopes, they discovered cancer in Hachiko’s heart and lungs. The new finding means that Hachiko that filariasis and/or cancer caused the dog’s death.