In the latest entry into the you can’t make this shit up sweepstakes, The Boston Globe reports on radioactive boars. Yes, you read that right: radioactive boars:
Hundreds of toxic wild boars have been roaming across northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to desert their homes, pets, and livestock. Some animals, like cattle, were left to rot in their pens. As Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four towns within the more than 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant this month, officials are struggling to clear out the contaminated boars. Wild boar meat is a delicacy in northern Japan, but animals slaughtered since the disaster are too contaminated to eat. According to tests conducted by the Japanese government, some of the boars have shown levels of radioactive element cesium-137 that are 300 times higher than safety standards…
Officials have also expressed concern that returning residents may be attacked by the animals, some of which have settled comfortably in abandoned homes and have reportedly lost their shyness to humans.
- Or, ya know…Die You Zombie Bastards!, The Children, Redneck Zombie, or heck, Re-Animator. ↩
- Not a radioactive zombie sub-genre, true, but the following films are also well worth your time: Cemetery Man and Wild Zero. ↩
- And if you’re still not clued in, here’s the scoop – being bitten by feral, radioactive animals is the leading cause of zombification. That’s right – now you can scream. ↩