Published 2018-06-26
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Animals that are radioactive because of Chernobyl disaster

You probably have heard about a nuclear disaster of a power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine. In 1986, there were a few explosions which spread a radioactive fallout that caused enormous damage. Of course, the damage was done to the whole neighborhood and all the surrounding areas. Majority of people decided to evacuate those regions as they knew the consequences of staying there. But what about animals that stayed behind? How did they survive there? Check out this article to find out more.


After the disaster took place, all trees in the neighbourhood took a crimson colour and all the area close to the reactor was named "Red Forest". And that was also the place where wild wolves reside in. What do those predators consume? They eat prey that is 50 times more radioactive than the normal level. The wolves look normal but their behavior is different. They are wilder than normal wolves, they are indeed terrifying and roam near abandoned buildings and factories. These creatures have thirst for blood!

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A lynx was suspected to disappear from the European area. But in 2014 scientists made a unique discovery that showed a comeback of those animals to Chernobyl! The truth is that they could prosper them as there were no people who would hunt them down. Hunters eliminated this species in the 20th century from European regions but they stayed in the area of Siberia. Now they have the chance for a new home in Chernobyl. They are thought to be radioactive just like the rest of animals living there.


Land animals weren’t the only ones who were badly affected by radiation in Chernobyl. For birds, that disaster was also equally devastating. It’s especially visible in case of barn swallows that underwent a couple of terrible mutations. Swallows are beautiful and amazing birds but as the aftermath of the power plant disaster they had to experience albinism, deformation of their beaks and feathers and they even had smaller brains!

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Boars also roam the streets of Chernobyl and along the border of other neighboring places. They mix up with normal boars and often become enemies for people. Whether they appear close to the household or are being hunted for food, they still pose a threat. Also, they spread toxicity as they consume radioactive food from the fields. A year ago, such a radioactive boar was found in central Sweden! Its levels of radiation were 10 times higher than a normal one.


There may be wolves, birds or boars in Chernobyl area where everything collapses, dies and becomes forgotten. However, the biggest and the only competition for those animals is a radioactive bison. Contaminated wolves cannot win with creatures that weigh over 1,400 pounds or even more and their size is a real challenge. Even if they are constantly irradiated more and more by consuming contaminated food somehow they thrive in this notorious, scary zone.

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Before the explosions in Chernobyl took place, that region was known for its agricultural richness. The farmers decided to take their farm animals when they were leaving the area, however, it turned out that the new generations of animals are not the same. they are deformed and mutated. One of such an example was a cow that had a mutated cleft lip. Even if most of the cows look normal those which live close to the zone give poisonous milk that is not appropriate for consumption.


The region of Chernobyl is thought to involve approximately 120 species of birds and one of those species are eagles. This is their great and comeback in more than a century. They often consume leftovers that remain from the food that wolves hunt so they are inevitably drawn to the dangerous exclusion area. For them, it means only a bad effect that they are obviously unaware of. Various deformities, tumors, mutated beaks or infertility - they have to experience all these things.

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Spiders also seem to thrive in Chernobyl, especially its Red Forest. They create their webs using radioactive material all the time. They do it in order to catch their prey. However, the spider's’ web is not like the one you are used to seeing. It’s built in an abstract way which means that even spiders were genetically mutated. They are so radioactive that they pose a serious danger to all non-radioactive creatures that shouldn’t touch them.


Unfortunately, cats didn’t avoid bad effects of Chernobyl disaster. Now they are no longer sweet creatures that you see in your own neighborhood. In that region, all cats became wild and ferocious. They roam in the stress, go where they want and consume radioactive insects or small rodents. It’s really sad but the truth is that Chernobyl animals will never be the same as before that terrible disaster.

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