Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Pigs in Japan's Radiation-Exclusion Zone

A student e-mailed me a link (here) to a collection of photographs by AP photographer David Guttenfelder, sent by National Geographic to the nuclear exclusion zone around Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Among the resulting and haunting images Guttenfelder took of this abandoned area (abandoned by humans, that is) was this one, of a hog taking a nap after a meal in a feed store. There are other images of pigs in this Boston.com "The Big Picture" feature, including one of a hog taking a nap in a puddle in the middle of the street. Clearly people were evacuated without much thought for the welfare of their animals. Guttenfelder's photos were taken in late June 2011, so it is not clear what life is like for these abandoned hogs, if indeed they are still living.

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