On April 26, 1986, a power surge caused an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine. A large quantity of radioactive material was released.
On May 2, 1986, the Soviet government established a “Zone of Alienation” or “Exclusion Zone” around Chernobyl – a thousand square miles of “radioactive wasteland.” All humans were evacuated. The town of Pripyat was completely abandoned.
But the animals didn’t leave. And a new study, published this month in Current Biology, suggests they are doing fine. “None of our three hypotheses postulating radiation damage to large mammal populations at Chernobyl were supported by the empirical evidence,” says Jim Beasley, one of the researchers.
In fact, some of the populations have grown. These photos (mostly taken by Valeriy Yurko) come from the Belarusian side of the Exclusion Zone, and area called the Polessye State Radioecological Reserve. Kingfisher, elk, boar, baby spotted eagles, wild ponies, moose, rabbits, and wolves all make their home in the park. In some ways, human presence is worse for wildlife than a nuclear disaster.
1986 Chernobyl - ZUFAROV/AFP/Getty Images
Wildlife photos - Valeriy Yurko/Polessye State Radioecological Reserve
Ponies in winter - SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Newest pony in my collection, Baby Hopscotch. She has some red markings, cancer and is little yellow. But look at her, she is so cute! That bow was on her when I got her and that tail looks wonderfull! <3
Poor Flower Flash had actually been restored before, before I was regularly documenting the process of fixing my ponies! She has…never really been my favorite pony, since I’m not a big fan of G3 baby ponies in the first place. I just don’t really get the drastically different pink compared to her hair! But, now that her tail isn’t a big puffball any more, she is starting to grow on me a little bit!
The ride in the elevator consisted of Calum pinning you against a wall, hands on either side of your head-yours roaming the skin beneath his shirt- as he hungrily kissed you. You were relieved getting on to find it was empty. You let out a groan as the elevator dinged again, signaling you were on the tenth floor: your floor.
“Come on,” You gripped his hand and lead him out of the elevator, stopping at the access door to your hall. You stuck your ID card against the sensor and it beeped and the door clicked unlocked. You pulled it open and moved to your door, sticking your key inside the lock quickly. Charlie had a class right now and it just started, being noon now, so you had the room to yourselves.
He moved into the room when you opened the door, shutting it behind him. “I’ve never been in here before.” He commented as he looked around.
“It isn’t much.” You said, setting your keys down and immediately kissing him again. He responded quickly, beginning to push you backwards before breaking apart with a confused look on his face.
“Which bed is yours?” You laughed as you pointed to the one behind you. He hastily nodded, not even a full nod, just a quick half-nod, before catching your lips in another kiss. This time he walked you backwards more confidently, to what he knew now was your bed. When the back of your legs hit the bed he broke apart again, panting out of his plump lips.
He reached behind him to the back of his hoodie and pulled it up over his head and let it fall to the ground beside his feet. Your fingers came to the hem of his shirt, looking up into his eyes for a green light. He smirked down at you and you took that as a yes, pulling it up and helping it off of him.
He was gorgeous. Beautiful tan skin and tattoos and toned stomach. Your eyes wondered from his collar bones, where you thought to leave a few marks, down to his chest, where you thought to leave a few more. “Stop staring, you’re making me blush.” He said in a cocky tone. You pushed his chest lightly as he let out a laugh, leaning down to kiss you again. It was sweet and short, but his intentions remained the same. His fingers came to the button of your jeans, unbuttoning them and unzipping the zipper.
You kicked off your Vans before pushing them down and using your feet to get them off completely. He watched with a small smile as you struggled to pull them off without using your hands, holding you steady. You looked back up at him, giggling as you were without pants and he was shirtless. “We did that differently.” You commented and he shrugged.
“We’ll do a lot of things differently,” And suddenly he stuck his hand in your panties, causing you to gasp and hold onto his shoulders for balance. He rubbed your clit, watching your lips part and eyes close with a smirk on his face. “You like that?” He hummed.
“Y-yes.” You breathed out, breath hitching in your throat as his fingers moved further down.
“You want my fingers, baby?” You could tell that he was enjoying you enjoying him.
“Yes, Cal.” You leaned your head forward, resting your forehead on his chest, kissing the skin lightly. As he pushed his finger into you, you gasped, attaching your lips to his chest and sucking.
“Marking me up already.” He snickered, as he thrust his finger in and out, palm rubbing against your clit. You let out a soft moan, forgetting about the hickey, instead focusing on the pure bliss.
“Another.” You mumbled against his skin and he complied, adding his middle finger. You let out another moan, a little bit louder this time, breathing it out against his chest. You moved your hand down his chest and torso, trailing his happy trail and stopping just above the hem of his skinny jeans.
Delicately, you slid your hand across his bulge, barely giving it any friction. His fingers moved quicker, clearly wanting more. You did the same, softly sliding your hand over his hard on, pressing a kiss to his skin where the new hickey was. “Don’t be a tease, baby.” His hot breath hit the top of your head and you replied with another, slower, kiss.
You dragged your hand back up over his jeans and sunk your hand into his pants, palming him through his boxers. He let out a loud moan at the sudden contact, fingers pausing for a moment before picking up the pace again. “Another.” You drawled and he listened, lost in his paradise to make a cocky comment. He just slipped in another finger as yours slipped into his boxers, wrapping around his hard dick.
“Fuck.” He cursed as you began to move slowly up and down his length, rubbing your thumb over his tip. You decided, after a few more moments like that, that you’d had enough and it was his turn. You pulled your hand out, him groaning, and stood up straight again. He took his hand out of your panties, sticking his fingers in his mouth, eyes stuck on yours as you watched.
“Take off your pants.” You said. His wet fingers came down to undo the button and zipper. He kicked off his boots and slid off his pants. You pushed him down onto the bed, beginning to take off your shirt as he propped himself up on his elbows, watching. Your shirt fell to the ground on his, exposing your bra and chest. His hands came up to cup your breasts, catching you off guard when he sat up and reached behind your back and expertly fast unclipped your bra. He threw your bra to the ground and pulled you down to straddle him, attaching his plump lips to your nipples and sucking harshly. As much as you enjoyed it, you wanted to please him now. You gently pushed at his cheeks with your hands and slid off of his lap.
You kneeled before him, now leaning on his elbows again. He watched with lust-filled eyes as your hands slowly trailed up his thighs to his boxers. You brushed over his boner before reaching for the elastic band of his boxers and pulling it down. He lifted his butt to help you slide them off, falling back down on the bed when they were past his thighs.
His dick sprang up and his hand wrapped around it, pumping it a few times before you pushed it away. “No touching.” You said in a sultry voice, looking up at him through your eyelashes while discarding of the boxers. He whined at this and waited patiently for you to touch him.
You slowly sat up on your knees, pulling your hair back into a pony tail. “Baby, come onn.” He pleaded, abiding by your rule and not liking it. You giggled as you complied, wrapping your hand around his length. He let out a choked moan, causing you to smirk as you rubbed your thumb over the tip.
You decided not to tease him, as he hadn’t teased you. He was taken aback when you attached your lips to his tip and moved down, letting out a gasp. The taste of precum became apparent as you worked, the whole time he was a moaning mess beneath you. High-pitched whines were your favorite noise, you decided, that he made, egging you on.
“You’re too good at this.” He huffed out, eyes shut and head lulled to the side. You pulled off.
“Is that a bad thing?” You asked, working him with your hand as you waited for his response.
“I can’t decide.” He mumbled, enjoying your touch. With that you kissed his tip and took away your hand.
“Maybe I’m better at something else.” You said as you straddled him, grinding your hips down. He let out a loud moan and you slapped your hand over his lips, giggling. He licked your palm and you rolled your eyes. “I just had your dick in my mouth, you think that your tongue freaks me out?” His eyes crinkled with laughter as you removed your hand.
He came up to kiss you, cupping your cheek with one hand. It was sweet until you ground your hips down, your panties against his dick. “You’re so wet, I can feel you through your panties.” He mumbled into your lips.
“You’ve got yourself to blame for that.” You smiled. He suddenly flipped you over so he was on top and working on taking off your panties. He took them off successfully and got up, going to his jeans. He dug through one of the pockets and took out his wallet, smiling as he found a condom. You scoffed, of course he had that. He dropped your panties, his pants and wallet back down and came back to you.
He ripped off the top of the package, taking out the condom and rolled it onto his length. He spit onto his hand and rubbed it up and down his length, coming back to you with wide open legs and hands ready to scratch up his back. “Are you sure?” He asked, a note of seriousness in his voice.
“I’m positive.” You leaned up to kiss him, giving him an award winning smile. He returned his own before lining himself up with your entrance and pushing in. Your eyes scrunched up in discomfort.
“Should I pull out?” He asked, hands gripping your waist.
“No, no. You’re good.” You opened your eyes as the pain subsided and he began to move. He found a good pace and you closed your eyes as he came down to press his lips against your neck. You wound your legs around his waist and arms around his shoulders.
“Fuuck.” He breathed against your neck. “You feel so good, baby.” He praised as he nipped the skin where his lips were resting gently. You let out a moan at his words. “You like that? You like it when I talk dirty to you?” His words only added to the build up, making it come faster.
“Oh, fuck.” You cursed as he hit a new spot, hands kneading your ass at the same time. Your hands came up to his hair, gripping and tugging at the dark curls. He moaned when you pulled his hair and you smirked. “Didn’t picture you to like your hair pulled.” You hummed, more focused on the pleasure.
“I could like anything if you were doing it to me.” His words made your heart fill with something other than lust. A few more moments passed, the room only filled with heavy breathing.
“Let me ride you.” You said, playing with his hair and he quickly pulled out to flip over. You climbed on top of him and sank onto his length, earning moans from both of you. You began to bounce up and down.
“You look so good like that,” He hummed, eyes racking your body. This made your hips work faster, grinding down onto him. He let out a loud, sudden moan at your action. “Fu-ck. I’m not gonna last long if you keep doing shit like that.” His hands wrapped around your waist, holding tightly.
It only took a few more minutes of this to have you both reaching your highs. Your walls clenching around him as you came sent him over the edge. He came into the condom, moaning your name and squeezing your ass.
You slid off of him and laid beside his sweaty body, your own drenched to match. He sat up, pulled off the condom and tied it. He threw it in the basket beside your desk and you decided you’d have to cover that before Charlie got home. Fuck-Charlie.
“Oh my God, what time is it?” You asked, sitting up wide-eyed.
He got up to get his phone and looked back at you. “Nearly one, why?”
“Charlie will be home soon. You need to go.” You quickly got up and began to hand him his boxers. He took them and slipped them on while laughing at you. “You don’t want to show me off to the family?” He joked.
“Calum, she’ll never let it go if she finds out I slept with you.” He chuckled, shrugging on his jeans and throwing on the t-shirt you handed him. You were putting on your bra as he stuffed his wallet and phone in his back pocket.
“Well, I’m not too far down the hall if you ever wanna do that again.” He smirked at you, picking up your panties. He looked you in the eye as he put them in his back pocket as well. “I’ll be keeping these.”
You rolled your eyes, putting on some new panties, shorts and shirt. “Okay, they’re all yours, you’ve got to go.” You pushed him towards the door, stumbling into him over your shoes.
“I need those.” He laughed. You moved aside so he could slip on his shoes again and then he stood back up, looking down at you. He trailed his hand up your arm. “So, are you all mine too?” You scoffed. “Go!” You opened the door and shoved him out of it. He almost fell, but regained balance.
“No one’s ever gotten rid of me that fast. But there’s a first time for everything. See you around, princess.” He sent you a wink before going off down the hall, a lazy smile on his face. He didn’t know it, but his comment about you being all his had refilled your chest with adrenaline all over again. You closed the door, sighing to yourself.
Maybe this would end in heartbreak, but you’d have fun while doing it at least.