Scientists from the University of Fukushima in Japan conducted a study. They found that in the area where the accident occurred in 2011, new species of animals appeared.
Japanese scientists have discovered new species of animals in the territories where the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant occurred 10 years ago. Using DNA analysis, researchers have identified a new species of wild boar.
A study of DNA samples from wild boars that settled in an abandoned urban environment, showed that since 2011, the animals have been actively interbreeding with domestic pigs. They were left by local residents in the contaminated areas after the accident. Because of this, hybrids of wild and domestic pigs live in the Fukushima area.
The study authors note that the nuclear disaster led to an incredible biological experiment. Scientists are sure that this is just one example of such a cross. In other territories abandoned by people, new species of animals can also be found.
By themselves, domestic pigs are not able to independently survive either in the wild or in abandoned cities. But not wild boars. Most likely, this led to the fact that one species assimilated with another. Now a new species has appeared on the territory of exclusion, while the population continues to grow, and hybrid animals are actively interbreeding with purebred wild boars.
Recall that the radiation accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant has reached level 7 on the International Scale of Nuclear Events. It began on Friday, March 11, 2011, as a result of the strongest earthquake in Japanese history and the subsequent tsunami.