But some of the news from the disaster-stricken area has revealed stories of loyalty and heroism -- and not only from humans.
This video from The Today Show tells the story of a dog who persistently stood guard over another dog injured on a debris-strewn beach.
Dara Brown reports that rescuers were eventually able to calm down the worried guard dog enough to bring his injured friend to a veterinary clinic. The guard dog himself was reportedly taken to a shelter.
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