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New information on the death of ch?ken Hachik?

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo have come up with a new theory to explain the death of the famous dog, Hachik? (also known as ch?ken ['faithful dog'] Hachik?).

Hachik? was an Akita Inu who was born in Japan in 1923. He became the pet of Professor Hidesabur? Ueno of the University of Tokyo. For around a year Hachik? would meet his master, at the end of the day, at Shibuya Station.

On 21 May 1925 Prof. Ueno died from a stroke while at the university. For the rest of his life Hachik? continued to make the trip to the train station and wait for his master. Hachik? finally died in 1935.

Many people were inspired by the dog's loyalty and a statue was erected in Hachiko's memory. The story of Hachik? has been told in books and movies, most recently a Hollywood adaptation, Hachiko: A Dog's Story.

After his death, researchers at the University of Tokyo performed an autopsy on Hachik?, concluding that he died from filariasis, caused by roundworms. There were also rumours that Hachik? was killed by a skewer of chicken. Recently Hachik?'s organs were re-examined and it was found that he had both heart and lung cancer as well as the previously known worm infection. Professor Hiroyuki Nakayama was quoted as saying, "Heart cancer is rare and was a completely unexpected find. Hachik? had both serious filariasis and cancer, and either one could have caused his death."

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Interesting! The skewer of chicken is the stuff of legend, but it's good to have a mundane explanation as well.

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I'm hoping you mean legend as fantasy and not something awe-inspiring here. I don't think there would be anything legendary from dying after swallowing a skewer. To me that would rather ruin the story, it's not the sort of death he would deserve.

I find it fascinating that he only went for a year with his master and then spent almost 10x as long going alone.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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Honestly, I think dying of a skewer is more dramatic (and hence, suitable for legend) than dying of cancer or filariasis.

At least now I know who they ripped the story off of for Futurama. :-)

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There are other possible inspirations for the Futurama episode, because there are at least several similar stories of dogs to this one. The particular one I remember and have heard more about (probably due to its western origins) is Greyfriars Bobby of Edinburgh.

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I'm a fur from South Africa, now living in Austria, who got into the fandom through my interest in pokemon and writing fanfiction. Outside of furry, I have spend a lot of my time in gaming (particularly Dota 2) and science.