Fukushima University is sending in a troop of wild monkeys to test radiation levels in the region.
(NO-RAD-ZONE) - Wild monkeys and wild boars are set to gather information from Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
This kind of science holds a soft spot in most peoples hearts, never the less, the next Pandora's Box has been opened.
This brow raising science may be another historical environmental catastrophe. Radiated mutated monkey viruses can spread and are linked to SIV (ancestor of AIDS) and more.
The Monkey tracking Fukushima Radiation project is being launched in partnership with, and is the creation of Toshio Mizoguchi. Details about this experimental radiological data collection with monkeys is limited. This is for those who want to dig deeper into the players and the concepts behind what is happening.
The project is being launched in partnership with, and is the creation of Toshio Mizoguchi a veterinarian and Executive Director for the Fukishima Prefectural Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Mizoguchi is also chair of the Fukishima Prefecture Veterinary Medical Association (FPVMA) so he has his hands full dealing with wildlife and companion animals following the disaster. Minamisōma is one of the cities hardest hit by the nuclear disaster.
Radiation fears prompted more than half of its 67,000 residents to evacuate, in the Fukushima's aftermath. A third of the city sits inside the 12 mile government mandated exclusion zone, deemed too dangerous for people to live in. In the larger Fukushima area, more than 80,000 residents have been displaced by the nuclear disaster.
In terms of radiation exposure, the number one concern is the monitoring of the radiation levels and determining the impact the radiation is having on the animals currently living in the evacuation zone. In addition, it is assumed that animals (especially wildlife) are traversing freely in and out of the danger zone.
There is no established protocol for decontamination and/or treatment of animals affected by radiation, nor are there any standards established for determining when an animal has been exposed to an unsafe level of radiation. In essence, little is known about the survivability of wildlife and pets - or the viability of feed animals - exposed to radiation.