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
Happy Halloween everyone! With the holiday fast approaching, I had the mighty need to do some pony art, and who better to draw than the HQG1C’s Batty Boo! I tried my best to do G1 art style, so I hope everyone will enjoy my little art contribution!
The result of my impromptu stream tonight! I did quick headshots of how the Mane 6 look in the Basket!AU (they’re college students, remember!) and of course, the little basket bab that they’ve decided to raise together.
I decided that the baby was gonna be a diamond dog pup, and the gem the pupper has is a peridot. Their empathetic aura influences calm, so even though it’s still neutral due to them being just a baby, their presence tends to inspire calm in those surrounding them. I have no idea the gender of the pup is though. I might go with male, but…. I dunno mans.
So as a really quick rundown on what this AU’s about:
College-attending Mane 6 find an abandoned baby in a basket and make the unanimous decision to raise the child together. They must balance their newfound motherhood along with their studies, legal complications, unwanted publicity, and even romance that slowly blooms among themselves.
This AU will be Omniship.
I’ll probably post a few brainstorming thingies about this AU to start getting into the specifics, but until then feel free to ask questions. :3