Sunday, 8 August 2010

Nuclear piggies - you couldn't make it up!


I know it's Germany where things are strange but...

Wild boars have a long and lurid rap sheet — they decimate the landscape, destroy property, spread disease to domestic farm animals and will fearlessly attack humans and pets if they feel threatened. It's become a growing issue in the U.S., where they were imported for hunting, as well as in their native European countries. In Germany, their population has exploded in recent years, and the increasing number of human-boar encounters has gotten increasingly strange. They've stormed churches, chased police, rampaged through stores and living rooms, knocked an elderly woman off a bicycle, attacked a wheelchair-bound man, dug up corpses, and cause as many as 25,000 traffic accidents a year.

These animals are smart and resourceful, and no one has figured out how to successfully manage their population once it gets out of control. Declaring open season on the wild hogs hasn't made a dent in Germany. Despite hunters killing hundreds of thousands of boars a year, their population increased by an estimated 320 percent between 2008 and 2009.

What could possibly make this scenario more stressful for governments and animal advocates alike? How about a little radioactivity?

Radioactivity? Are we in some Marvel comic now? Apparently it's the mushrooms!

...the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown almost 25 years ago has left the wild pig population contaminated. The radioactive elements that leaked into the soil are soaked up by mushrooms and truffles, which are then eaten by the pigs.



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