According to reports, radioactive “hybrid terror pigs” have taken over a section of Fukushima’s nuclear exclusion zone.
A region that was previously home to 160,000 people but has since been abandoned due to excessive radiation levels after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 has been overrun by wild pigs, scientists have confirmed through a study on wildlife in the area.
They found that Japanese Boars—the country’s native wild pigs—were now in charge.
The boars are said to have an arrogant, cocky, aggressive, and combative personality. They started breeding with domesticated pigs that had become loose after being abandoned by the previous owners following the nuclear disaster.
Because of this, a new type of boar-pig hybrid emerged in the original exclusion zone, which is located roughly 12 miles away from the site of the nuclear plant and where radiation levels were believed to be at their maximum.
Up to 10% of the local pig population is now made up of this frightening radioactive cocktail.
It is feared that these radioactive so-called “hybrid terror pigs” have the savage intelligence of boars coupled with the domesticated behaviors of pigs.
This is one of the reasons why humans who are trying to reclaim their former settlements around the Fukushima plant for eventual reopening have found it so difficult to do so.
Around the area, people trying to regain their previous homes have found themselves at conflict with the new settlers. A few of the belligerent pigs have shown no fear in confronting humans and have even attacked them.
Some humans have resorted to hunting the animals down.
According to the findings of a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal on how radiation impacted the local animals, the hybrid terror pigs did not show any signs of mutation despite being polluted with up to 300 times the amount of radioactive isotope caesium-137 that is considered safe for humans.
Scientists believe that while the mating of the two species has not produced any negative side effects yet, the genes from the pigs will ultimately dilute the genetic makeup of the hybrid to the point where “the introgressed genes will eventually disappear in this area.”
It is common for urban areas to become “rewilded” following human evacuations, as was the case in the region surrounding the site of the Chernobyl tragedy in 1986. This phenomenon is comparable to what took place in Japan.
However, it is difficult to speculate on what may happen to the Fukushima pigs in the future.
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