Humans are animals, and what hurts one species often hurts the rest. Radiation, like the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster, is a perfect example. But human activity takes a toll on wildlife, too. So what happens when radiation forces humans to evacuate an area but leaves the animals behind? The animals keep on living — and they seem to be just fine.
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Nature Is Thriving in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Meet the animals that have made their home in the disaster area.
Biology in Chernobyl
Key Facts In This Video
The exclusion zone around Chernobyl has radiation levels that are too high for most species to tolerate. 01:32
Some species of birds in the Chernobyl exclusion zone have exhibited tumors and other physical abnormalities, such as deformed beaks. 02:20
Trees cut down near Chernobyl have a dramatic change in the color of their rings that corresponds with the year of the disaster. 03:28
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