Video of a wild fox near Chernobyl has gone viral, after the animal was filmed making itself a five-layer sandwich before trotting off into the distance.
The strange encounter was recorded by a film crew from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, according to Syracuse.com, near Pripyat, Ukraine. The site is within the Chernobyl nuclear disaster exclusion zone, and the filmmakers were recording in the area as part of a project commemorating the anniversary of the 1986 nuclear plant explosion when they were approached by the fox.
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Unsurprisingly, the fox didn’t appear to be fazed by the presence of humans. As the Inquisitr has previously reported, wildlife has taken over the region around Chernobyl following the infamous nuclear accident, which drove humans out of the area. Last year, a large brown bear was even filmed foraging deep within the contaminated zone. The fox, meanwhile, trotted down a set of stairs to engage the film crew, who gladly handed over a few scraps of food to the hungry animal.
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What transpired next has resulted in a viral video viewed over a million times in recent days. As the New York Daily News notes, the fox used its teeth to collect the pieces of bread and meat the film crew gave it, assembling them into a massive sandwich that the animal was hardly able to hold within its mouth. After building the giant five-layer sandwich, the fox picked it up and scampered off into the nearby woods, in order to eat in peace.
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Earlier this year, forest fires raging in Ukraine sparked fears that nuclear contamination from the Chernobyl site could be spread across Europe. As the Inquisitr previously noted, smoke from the fires was found to be carrying radioactive particles, which were detected as far away from Chernobyl as Italy and Scandinavia. Researchers cited the local ecosystem as the reason that radioactive organic material was still present on the surface soil, 29 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, pointing out that contaminated leaves burned in the fires.
In the ensuing years since the accident, Chernobyl has attracted a growing population of foxes, wolves and bears, many of which may never have been exposed to humans before.
[Image: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via the New York Daily News]