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Scientists discovered in the Chernobyl zone new inhabitants

Ученые обнаружили в Чернобыльской зоне новых обитателейIn the zone of Chernobyl have recovered many animal species.

In spite of the radioactive contamination, animals in the exclusion zone are flourishing.
The team of Dr. James Bisley of University of Georgia has used cameras with motion sensors to observe the animals living in the vicinity of the canals and rivers of the Polesie state radiation-ecological reserve (pgres) of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The researchers conducted 83 trials, during which fish, which was scattered by scientists, were eaten ten mammal species and five bird species.

Three kind mice – field mouse (Apodemus agrarius), jeltocorna mouse (Apodemus flavicollis) and the mouse is tiny (Micromys minutus), as well as two bird species – the Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) and the common magpie (Pica pica) were recorded by cameras often, though they rarely ate the whole carcass.

Larger animals, including raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), Eastern mink (Neovison vison), common otter (Lutra lutra), wolf (Canis lupus), Raven (Corvus corax) and the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), completely ate prey.
“These animals photographed while eating fish carcasses on the banks of rivers and canals (pgres), says Dr. Beasley. We had seen the different animals in the area, but now for the first time saw sea eagles, Eastern mink and river otter on the frame”.

We are talking about the study in 2015, which was presented the first proof of the wealth of nature in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

“In this study, fish carcass was placed at the edge of the open waters of the Pripyat river and near irrigation canals, mimicking the natural activity in which flows throw the carcasses of dead fish on the shore,” explained Peter Schlichting, research fellow, Arizona state University.

The results show that 98% of fish carcasses were eaten in one week.

At the river the fish was eaten more often-it was easier to find. But, as suggested by the researchers, most animals appeared near the channels.

“Many former agricultural plots in the Chernobyl exclusion zone were irrigated with these small channels, says Dr. Beasley. – Most of them still have water, but they are overgrown with plants that provide shelter for wildlife, and therefore are used by many species”.

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