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Radioactive Wild Boars Found in Italy (Chernobyl)
Digital Journal ^ | Mar 11, 2013 | Katerina Nicholas

Posted on 03/16/2013 2:56:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Samples taken from 27 wild boars captured in northern Italy during the hunting season revealed the animals to be radioactive. Traces of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 exceeded the legal limit by 10 times.

The Italian Health Ministry carried out routine tests on wild boars in the Piedmont mountain area and discovered radioactive contamination in 27 boars. According to Sina the Enea Radiation Protection Institute stated "the cesium-137 is an artificial radionuclide produced by nuclear fission, and is released from nuclear sites." To Vima reported Italian Health Minister Renato Balntoutsi said teams of experts will try to solve the "mystery of cesium" by testing samples of water and soil in the area. Rabbits, hares and deer will also be tested for the presence of cesium.

Experts from the regional institution for environmental monitoring ARPA consider the most likely cause of the radioactive contamination is from Chernobyl.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals; Science
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1 posted on 03/16/2013 2:56:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Traces of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 exceeded the legal limit by 10 times.

These boars are breaking the law.

2 posted on 03/16/2013 2:59:37 PM PDT by Egon (Apparently, Jimmy Carter DOES need a third term.)
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To: nickcarraway

Saves the trouble of having to microwave your bacon.


3 posted on 03/16/2013 3:00:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Egon

In preparation, Obama should set up the ABRB (American Bureau of Radioactive Boars), and we should fund them with millions of dollars.


4 posted on 03/16/2013 3:01:48 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway

Some HOT BBQ!


5 posted on 03/16/2013 3:03:00 PM PDT by jaz.357 (Contrary To Ordinary)
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To: nickcarraway

Just because it’s in print means not that it is true. BS


6 posted on 03/16/2013 3:05:13 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: nickcarraway

On the other hand, when it comes to finding truffles, these guys have superpowers!


7 posted on 03/16/2013 3:07:01 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oddly, Chernobyl is home to varieties of wild critters, not just these boars. And the vegetation is doing just fine.

Apparently, the radiation isn’t killing them.

What do we make of all this?


8 posted on 03/16/2013 3:07:38 PM PDT by lurk
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To: nickcarraway

Yumpin Yemenis!

9 posted on 03/16/2013 3:08:18 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: nickcarraway

... deviled ham


10 posted on 03/16/2013 3:12:34 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hmmmm,,,, Better test all the horse meat they found over there too!


11 posted on 03/16/2013 3:13:20 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: nickcarraway
Piedomnt is about 1,500 miles from Chernobyl, so that's probably not it.
12 posted on 03/16/2013 3:13:22 PM PDT by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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Communism: The gift that keeps on giving.


13 posted on 03/16/2013 3:13:39 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Vision

I thought Boars were from South Africa.


14 posted on 03/16/2013 3:14:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Teenage Mutant Ninja Boars!


15 posted on 03/16/2013 3:14:12 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: nickcarraway

25 years later? The thing you have to remember about radioactive substances is that the gas tank is finite. The stuff that stays active a long time isn’t very radioactive to begin with. The stuff that’s fiercely radioactive doesn’t stay that way very long.


16 posted on 03/16/2013 3:16:30 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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All of Europe did get a good radioactive dusting from the Chernobyl event but they were too busy protesting America at the time to notice. It’s possible.
17 posted on 03/16/2013 3:18:59 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: nickcarraway

If a radioactive wild boar bites you, do you get super powers?


18 posted on 03/16/2013 3:22:04 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: SIDENET; All

If a radioactive wild boar bites you, do you get super powers?

Homer Simpson singing: “Spider Pig, Spider Pig!!!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuZqG57rNDM


19 posted on 03/16/2013 3:28:24 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: BerryDingle

Yumpin Yemenis!

20 posted on 03/16/2013 3:50:09 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: nickcarraway

If I remember correctly, cesium-137 and strontium-90 are the most immediate threats because they can be taken up through the roots of plants. Animals eat the plants and then spread the isotopes far and wide.


21 posted on 03/16/2013 3:52:21 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Egon

At least they will be easy to hunt if they are glowing in the dark.


22 posted on 03/16/2013 3:53:37 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: nickcarraway
Interesting story out of Fukushima. After one of the reactor buildings exploded, a nuclear emergency response team from the Japanese military was caught outside during the explosion. They became so radioactively hot, that their leader told them to separate and not stand next to each other. Apparently that only increased their individual rad exposure. So apparently the moral of the story is to always stay clear of nuclear zombie boars.
23 posted on 03/16/2013 3:55:55 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Still Thinking
25 years later?

The half life of cesium-137 is 30 years. That means after 30 years half of it will have decayed and half of it will still be there. After 60 years one quarter of it will still be there, etc.

24 posted on 03/16/2013 4:01:08 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Still Thinking
The thing you have to remember about radioactive substances is that the gas tank is finite.

Unfortunately nature and the physical world is much more complex then humans will ever grasp. Internal contamination in humans from Chernobyl actually increased over time 5-10 years after the accident. And we are seeing the same thing happen in Japan. After the initial large radiation spike settled back down, we are now in the period where nuclear particulate contamination increases over time from current levels. You can see that in Fukushima City the past few months.

Also contamination of soil near Chernobyl is much higher then it should be given normal half life rates.

25 posted on 03/16/2013 4:03:50 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: nickcarraway

Cesium-137 is one of the more dangerous isotopes. Lightweight isotopes tend to have short a short half life; heavy isotopes tend to precipitate quickly so usually don’t spread very well. Cesium is right in the middle.

Not only is it easily uptaken by plants, but when consumed by mammals it tends to concentrate in the bone marrow. It is both a gamma and beta emitter, so its ionizing radiation can both damage cells, leading to leukemia and cancers, and cause burns.


26 posted on 03/16/2013 4:19:30 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow...bacon already cooked.


27 posted on 03/16/2013 4:49:41 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Vision

I know Germany has been dealing with this for many years.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/a-quarter-century-after-chernobyl-radioactive-boar-on-the-rise-in-germany-a-709345.html


28 posted on 03/16/2013 5:02:43 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: nickcarraway

Simultaneously start and end your day with breakfast sausage from Chernobyl Farms.


29 posted on 03/16/2013 6:21:33 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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