• Members 27 posts
    Sept. 4, 2020, 5:16 p.m.

    Did the Chernobyl disaster cause any animals to be badly deformed? I imagine a lot of animals died due to the radiation, but eventually I could see animals changing and adapting to the radiation. Some maybe even deformed. Did any animals end up having weird deformities like an extra head or limb?

  • Members 24 posts
    Sept. 5, 2020, 3:11 p.m.

    Animal living near the reactor did deal with problems. Some has stunted limbs, others had discoloration of fur and skin. The crazy thing is, that the animal population had increased since.

    So yeah, they had some deformities. But the majority of really badly deformed animals, we're usually eaten up by the other animals.

  • Members 27 posts
    Sept. 19, 2020, 8:17 p.m.

    They still deal with these sort of things. Radiation is high in many areas around the exclusion zone, and it's likely there are many animals who don't fair so well in said conditions. It would be the same if humans lived so close as well.

  • Members 27 posts
    Sept. 20, 2020, 7:16 p.m.

    I suppose that makes sense. It is the wild no matter what, and I doubt animals are aware of the area being high in radiation. I can see most animals with deformities dying of quickly because of predators. I can see some animals leaving their young if they are badly deformed.

  • Members 21 posts
    Sept. 22, 2020, 11:17 p.m.

    I imagine growths like tumors are a big problem for animals. As well as the many deformities. I heard some birds grow multiple legs, feet, and deformed beaks. Any animal living there, pretty much confirms a death sentence for them.

    But, animals thrive as best they can. Not much we can really do about it sadly.

  • Members 32 posts
    Sept. 23, 2020, 7:29 p.m.

    I saw an image of a cow with two heads. Not sure if it's from Chernobyl, but I noticed it when I searched for animals deformed from Chernobyl. It could be fake, or it could be real, I don't know.

    But either way, animals don't have it easy in the exclusion zone. Yeah they're free of humans and other problems, but that radiation is probably way too much for them.

  • Members 11 posts
    Sept. 28, 2020, 3:48 a.m.

    I heard they were deformed with tumors, and extra limbs and stuff like that. The cool thing about these animals stuck in these conditions, is that they probably feel good and happy most of the time. Maybe they also live long lives, even with any radiation in their systems.

  • Members 27 posts
    Sept. 28, 2020, 9:59 p.m.

    I sure hope they live long lives. Being exposed to that radiation can't be comfortable for the animals. I imagine a lot of them do have severe pain as well. At least any animals living so close in the area.