The Sandwich-Making Chornobyl Fox

A video of a fox taking food from RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalists in the Chornobyl exclusion zone has gone viral, with more than 1 million hits on social and news media sites. The fox shows no fear of humans, stacking up meat and bread like a sandwich, which it carries off for later. The area was abandoned by humans after the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. There now appears to be an increasing number of foxes, wolves, and bears in the zone.

  • FactsWillOut

    Obviously a super-intelligent mutant fox with super-powers.

  • lolwut?

    Wow, that Fox’s husband has got her well trained.
    I wonder if she fetches beers also?

  • tamale

    I have heard that there are people who moved back into that zone, under the radar of the government. So I wonder if the fox is already used to human contact. nothing at all from any of the former Soviet states surprises me.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep, the book I read discussed that too. The exclusion zone is split between Ukraine and Belarus so policies vary. The Ukraine does guided tours.

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  • Dogandcat

    Some people never left……..

    • Frau Katze

      Especially a few elderly folks. They were allowed to stay in a few cases since the risk to health was so great. (The reasoning being that low level radiation might cause cancer but it would take several years at a minimum to show up. So elderly people who would live a few more years anyway were considered to be less at risk).

  • Frau Katze

    There’s been a big increase in wildlife, according to a book I read. They’ve reintroduced wild horses.