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Scientists Track First Wolf to Walk Away from Radioactive Chernobyl Zone

Could this young wolf be the hope for the emergence of a brand new, mutated specie of wildlife?

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For 30 years, the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 is considered the single most destructive tragedy of all times. It left behind an ecological black hole, so to speak and this highly toxic area is still known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ). The good news is, a young wolf seems to inspire hope that the CEZ is now recovering from the damage.

On February 2015, a group of scientists attached a total of 13 GPS collar to wolves born in the CEZ. These collars allowed the scientists to track wildlife explorations in the zone.

For the first time, however, they tracked the first ever wide-range exploration of one of the inhabitants of the CEZ.

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After getting back into the wild, a young wild grey wolf was observed while boldly covering a distance across Ukraine and away from the CEZ for the first time. The GPS information also showed that the wolf largely stuck to forests and farming areas. While this is not strange for grey wolves, it is unusual for animals inhabiting the CEZ.

Data shows the young wolf venturing about 369 kilometers (229 miles) from its home.

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According to Michael Byrne of the University of Missouri:

“These findings might not just apply to wolves. It’s reasonable to assume similar things are happening with other animals as well.”

This observation from the young wolf is important, as it details how far the population could spread in the future.

The effects of the Chernobyl disaster on local wildlife population were hazy. That is, except for the observable increases in mutation rates and population levels. In fact, the wolves’ population alone has increased seven times more than the reserves around the CEZ.

This new data on the grey wolf is new, but the data broadcast of the GPS collar remain unproven. The last reading appeared months after the collar was supposed to disengage. Even now, nobody knows what happened to the young wolf. But it did walk for miles and away from the CEZ wearing the GPS collar.

Scientists say that the data collected from this is “worth exploring” as it may debunk beliefs that the CEZ is the ecological sink it is believed to be.

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Russian Artist Transforms Dirty Vehicles Into Amazing Works of Art

Dirty vehicles are artistic opportunities for this artist.

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Over the years, we’ve been introduced to lots of artists using unique mediums, thanks to social media. We’ve all been impressed with these creative people who used everything from stones and makeup, to pies and straws.

Now allow us to show some love for an amazing painter from Moscow named Nikita Golubev. This man uses a strange canvass to showcase his artworks – dirty vehicles.

As you can see below, this painter from the Russian capital has the ability to transform dusty cars and trucks into fantastic masterpieces. Instead of writing “wash me” or anything rude, he utilizes the space to exhibit his creativity and even deliver important messages.

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Dad Draws On Kids’ Lunch Bags To Serve As The Perfect Icebreaker In School

Dad found a perfect icebreaker for his kids.

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All parents know that being in school is sometimes tough for kids, especially for those who are more on the shy side like Lynell Jinks’ daughter Zelina. Instead of just giving her some pep talk to boost her self-esteem like most parents normally do, the 42-year-old artistic and creative director took a totally different approach.

Lynell started drawing on his children’s paper lunch bags about five years ago. Now, it became a regular thing and his kids, Zelina and Izaac, appreciate all the efforts that he did to make them feel special.

Instead of just doing quick sketches, Lynell took it to a whole new level.

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12,000 Tons of Plastic Waste Removed By Volunteers From Indian Beach

“We are clearing the mess created by our parents,” said a young volunteer.

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Plastic pollution remains to be one of the biggest and most serious problems plaguing Mother Nature today. In fact, it’s always heartbreaking when we hear about marine life accidentally ingesting our waste since this often leads to their death.

Fortunately, there are concerned people taking matters into their own hands to at least minimize the predicament’s impact. In India, for example, volunteers recently gathered to remove plastic waste in a Mumbai beach – and the result of their efforts is quite astonishing.

Together, hundreds of volunteers managed to remove 12 million kilograms of plastic waste.

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