More than a decade after the earthquake followed by a tsunami that caused the meltdown of one of the reactors of the plant from Fukushima, a new study indicates that different species of vegetables e animals prospered in the region due to the absence of humans, evacuated from the site soon after the incident.
Among the animals are, according to the news portal reverse, domesticated pigs that reproduced with wild boar, creating hybrid animals that in Brazil are known as “javaporcos”. A worrying factor, since some animals in the region, even after so long, can still be radioactive.
Donovan Anderson, a PhD student at Fukushima University and co-author of the study on the emergence of pig and wild boar hybrids, said that while humans still can't return home, wildlife survives in the "abandoned landscape."
Facts like this illustrate well what happens when humans are forced to flee after a natural disaster. The source indicates that the hybrid wild boar will be hunted to eventually allow residents to return to reside in the region.
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Most wild boars live near the evacuation zone
Anderson and his team studied muscle samples from pigs and boar-pig hybrids. The survey results showed that 16% of wild boars in the region were hybrids. About 75% of them were within a radius of just 20 km from the evacuation zone.
However, researchers say, the new species will likely not remain hybrid in the long term. They averaged only 8% of the porcine DNA, indicating that the genes will not last for many generations.
Finally, Anderson said that these adaptive changes in wild boar, likely caused by the absence of people, are also unlikely to hold up, especially when humans return.