Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Wild Elephant Kills Five In India's Northeast And Radioactive Wild Boars Run Rampage Across Fukushima Communities In Japan?!

Human-elephant conflicts are on the rise in India as villagers and farmers encroach on the elephants' natural habitat (AFP Photo/Diptendu Dutta)

April 5, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Wild elephant kills five in India's northeast

A rampaging elephant killed five members of a family including a nine-day old infant in a remote village in India's northeastern frontier, a local official said Tuesday.

The elephant trampled the family to death while they were asleep in their thatched hut in the early hours of Tuesday in Behali forest, some 256 kilometres (160 miles) from Assam state's capital Guwahati.

Both parents, their infant daughter and two other children died during the incident, while their three-year-old daughter survived the attack and was being treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

"The family was asleep when the elephant attacked their hut," Rajiv Chaudhary, a divisional forestry officer, told AFP.

He said the elephant had apparently strayed from its herd when it charged the home. The animal reportedly left the area soon after the attack, according to the official.

Wildlife experts say encounters between humans and elephants are increasing in India's rural areas due to the destruction of the animals' habitat.

Last month a herd of wild elephants went on an hours-long rampage in neighbouring West Bengal, killing five people and damaging vehicles and homes before being subdued with tranquilliser darts. - Yahoo.

Radioactive wild boar overwhelms communities in the Fukushima countryside

Nuclear pigs: Radioactive wild boars have caused in £620,000 worth of damage to agriculture in Fukushima prefecture
as numbers have increased by more than 330 per cent in recent years

Radioactive wild boars are running rampage across northern Japan after being contaminated in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The animals are causing hundreds of thousands of pounds in damage to local farms, having been allowed to breed unhindered in the exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The number of boars in Fukushima has increased by more than 330 per cent in recent years, as local hunters cannot kill off the radioactive animals fast enough.

The Fukushima Daiichi plant was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors ever since..

In the years after the nuclear disaster, the number of wild boars in Fukushima prefecture increased from 3,000 to 13,000, as they spread outside the exclusion zone.

During the same time period, the animals caused £620,000 worth of damage to agriculture in the area, The Times report.

Local authorities are calling in hunters to cull the boars, but the animals are breeding so quickly that mass graves are now filled to the brim and incinerators are running out of capacity.

The boars have been contaminated through eating everything from crops to berries, roots and small animals affected by radioactive fallout.

Normally one of the healthiest red meats - high in protein and leaner than domestic pork - the Fukushima wild boars are quite the opposite.

Tests carried out on the meat of the wild boars in the area found levels of the radioactive element caesium-137 which are 300 times higher than the legal limit for human consumption.

Meanwhile, the operator of Fukushima Daiichi has switched on a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is starting the system in phases to allow close monitoring and adjustment.

It has started with the portion near the sea to prevent contaminated water from escaping into the Pacific Ocean before expanding it to the No.1 reactor.

The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, hinge of the success of the wall. - Daily Mail.

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