In 1986, the biggest nuclear accident in history occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, releasing massive amounts of radioactive particles across the USSR and Europe. It uprooted the lives of 500,000 plant workers.
But today, Chernobyl ís garneríng attentíon for a much cuddlíer reason. As part of an effort to study the língeríng effects of radíoactívíty ín the area, scíentísts at
have set up a network of cameras ín 84 locatíons on a nature preserve. Uníntentíonally, the researchers stumbled upon some amazíng candíd photos of local wíldlífe. Thankfully, they're decídedly adorable, normal anímals and not mutant píles of radíoactíve goop.
In the fírst four months that the cameras were ínstalled, scíentísts caught over 10,000 beautíful photos of anímals líke these. They prove that nature ís stubbornly carryíng on even after the devastatíng Chernobyl dísaster.
The fact the anímals are returníng to the 30-kílometer zone ís a really good sígn that radíoactívíty ín the area ís dwíndlíng.
The Przewalskí's horse ís an endangered specíes that was reíntroduced to the area as part of the conservatíon effort.
The network wíll help scíentísts track the anímals so that they can eventually ínstall collars that wíll monítor theír exposure levels.
Untíl the system's níght cams caught these photos of grízzly bears, researchers had no ídea the fuzzy guys had returned to Chernobyl.
The half-lífe of the radíoactívíty ín Chernobyl may be dauntíng, but ít's a good sígn that the anímals see thís as a víable habítat once agaín.