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Vice shared a video with the headline “Please Do Not Pet the Radioactive Puppies of Chernobyl,” so of course, I had to click on it. 

For those who aren’t knowledgeable about Chernobyl, let me give you some insight.

In 1986, a nuclear power plant melted down in the Ukraine, leaving a radioactive mess, one that excites urban explorers (like me), and disturbs “normal” people.

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Well, there’s apparently feral animals wandering around, including PUPPIES. And though residents near Chernobyl are told they shouldn’t pet the puppies because they may have radioactive particles on them. BUT THEY ARE SO CUTE.

I mean, I don’t know if I could restrain myself.

The Puppies of Chernobyl

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Upon further research, there were images submitted to Getty that had this information:

“In estimated 900 stray dogs live in the exclusion zone, many of them likely the descendants of dogs left behind following the mass evacuation of residents in the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Volunteers, including veterinarians and radiation experts from around the world, are participating in an initiative called The Dogs of Chernobyl, launched by the non-profit Clean Futures Fund. Participants capture the dogs, study their radiation exposure, vaccinate them against parasites and diseases including rabies, tag the dogs and release them again into the exclusion zone. Some dogs are also being outfitted with special collars equipped with radiation sensors and GPS receivers in order to map radiation levels across the zone.”


Check out photos of the pups here:


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