Animal abnormalities and environmental paradoxes are followed in forests around Chernobyl after the accident of the 4th reactor of the NPP in April 1986.
Now scientists in Russia are holding animals with deformities, a boar with two heads, a cow with 6 legs, giant rats and other animals that have degenerated.
After the dramatic events around the area of 2, 000 hectares undergoing ecological change. The forest is burnt by radioactive waste, and now this forest is known as 'Funky'. Radioactive contamination in the surface of the subsoil was in colossal as concentrations covered all invertebrates. Ants were even destroyed, and they are considered resistant to radiation.
Hours after the accident coniferous trees lose their needles and die. The population of animals was also demolished. During the first weeks after the incident, the number of rodents significantly decreased. The very next year, however, their number increased significantly after the surge began in the neighboring areas. In 1987, rats increased to 1000 per hectare and again the next year following the reduction of rodents, all possible quantities of food were exhausted by them. Foxes took took advantage of prey that provide rodents, hence multiply enormously. The same happened with the wolves, ferrets and deer.
The then director of the Institute in Moscow radio ecology Professor Fyodor Tihomirova discovered a strange paradox, on the territory of where the radiation lays appear a rare species or those that were in the process of disappearance, was found with one enrichment and improvement of natural ecological systems in their entirety. Infect effects of radiation lasting a relatively short time. Two or three years after the accident occurred a return to the ecosystem.
Scientists say the animals suffer the consequences of radiation exposure. Their offspring were fewer in number and lived for a short time. Even the smallest doses of radiation caused in some animal genetic consequences.
The activity of the most harmful radio nuclides from the accident in the affected area will continue for another dozen years. It is known that half-life of strontium 90 is 28 years and that of cesium 137 - 39. Therefore, people could not return back to his birthplace at least 100 years after the accident.