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Environment UK & Europe

Endangered wild horses take refuge in Chernobyl’s ‘exclusion zone’

The Chernobyl accident – the worst nuclear accident in history – left the surrounding land permanently scarred for what scientists thought would be 20,000 years. But now, just three decades later, the radioactive land has transformed into a refuge for wild animals, and is even helping revive the last truly wild horse species. Plus, learn what it means to “fend for yourself.”

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