Have you ever wondered what life in the dead zone is like, today? Amazingly, there are no mutated species, and the wildlife seems quite comfortable reclaiming the abandoned villages and other territories. The nature feels good without humans, even though they left a disaster after themselves.

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I have seen this report some time ago. Yet it is untrue to say there are no mutated species. Birds atually pay the highest price of the hostile environement and many mutation have been recorded.
Well, maybe I was too optimistic saying there were no mutated animals, indeed. I think I've found the report you mentioned. Looks like reports from the area are discrepant. The truth must be somewhere in the middle, i.e. some species and individual animals were affected by the radiation, while the others didn't get high doses due to their habitat (it's not a secret that the contaminated area is "patched").
By the way, sometimes I wonder whether wildlife creatures can adapt to certain levels of radiation. For example, it's known that elderly people are less susceptible to its influence than children. There are so many mysteries!
Yes, very true. As far as i have understood, the adaptation livel towards radition has many factors : it seems that some species have a natural protection toward radition (reptilians) while birds almost defenseless...thi is why Tchernobyl is maly a dead end for many birds...but since no human disturb their habitat, may new settler come evey year...to die:(

Anyway, it is funny because i was supposed to take a trip to Tchernobyl this sptember, but i had to postpone due to forest fire in Russia that could affect the raditaio activity near Pripyat.
I am very excited to see the gost town by myself and see how nature has adapted to the new no man's land.
I've been studying the Tchernobyl incident and its consequences for a few years, and feel free to contact me if you have any information to share:)

Thomas
By the way, the kitty story is very moving....Emotion: smile she ended to become a houseold cat, which is a quite good ending:)
It's amazing that you want to visit it because... my husband always wanted to do so as well, and actually I think we'll do that one day. Emotion: smile I'm really surprised to meet a foreigner who is also interested in Chernobyl zone and would like to visit the sad place. I'm not sure what information you'd like to have, so you'd better ask me and we'll see if I can help. Emotion: wink

Back to the topic, here's an interesting article about Chernobyl animals' DNA . Indeed, birds are most vulnerable. In the video I posted above, birds were not mentioned at all...
mmmm...I guess a lot of things make this place "special" : not only the fact that it is a living testimony of one of the worse human tragedy due to our technologies, but also the fact that nature overcame our mistakes.

I guess seeing Tchernobyl with your own eyes is a unique experience. Needless to say that place is not a common "touristic" sport but rather more a "pilgrimage" place that requires respect and humility.

I strongly recommand you this National Geographic that cover the possibility of "population zero" on our planet (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/aftermath-population-zero-3225 ). It is based on the book Homo Disparitus by Alan Weisman.
Yep, I already watched that movie about half a year ago. In fact I've seen lots of documentries about Chernobyl, both Russian and foreign ones. Even some films in Ukrainian... In some of them, former inhabitants of Pripyat were allowed to visit their home they left in 1986, and none of them could hold tears... it's heart breaking to watch such moments.
TominparisNeedless to say that place is not a common "touristic" sport but rather more a "pilgrimage" place that requires respect and humility.
I absolutely agree.
I don't believe that animals there are that well now. Radiation is treacherous. Perhaps those badly affected by it die quickly, so we don't see a lot of them. But it doesn't mean they don't exist and have never lived.
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