The Animals at Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl

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TEPCO released images this week of what appeared to be a fox that had entered the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor.

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The animal pokes his head around and explores the contaminated structure.

The images demonstrate how hard it is to keep animals out of sites like Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl.

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Dogs sleeping together at the Sanitorium Building at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

In September, I was at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and saw hundreds of stray dogs that live on-site.  While the workers feed them and pet them, we chose not to.

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A small stray puppy in front of the new confinement structure at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

What we saw at Chernobyl was that the animals would have access to any area that was not fenced off.

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A dog walks underneath a gate at the ISF-2 facility at Chernobyl.

As can be seen in this image, just a gate is not enough to prevent access to our four-legged friends.

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A sign warning of wolves at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The dogs at Chernobyl are strays and they look like it, but they are a little safer from the wolves in the exclusion zone while on-site.

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I don’t know what the long-term solution is for animals like this, but when I showed pictures we had taken on our trip of the Dogs at Chernobyl to a veterinarian here in the United States, the first thing he did was offer to go over and spay and neuter them for free.

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Chernobyl Series

Part 1 – Experiencing the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Part 2 – Visiting the Chernobyl site and the Unit 2 control room

Part 3 – Inside the Chernobyl Unit 4 control room

Part 4 – Pripyat: City for the Future, City of the Past

Bonus Coverage – The Animals at Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl

All images courtesy of Carl Willis, Heidi Baumgartner, Lucas Hixson, and the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

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