Radioactive Wolves

Radioactive Wolves

Chernobyl's Nuclear Wilderness

DVD - 2011
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In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl, filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives and genetics of packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the 'dead zone' which still surrounds the remains of the reactor.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, 2011.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781608835638
1608835634
Branch Call Number: 363.1799094777 Rad
Characteristics: 1 DVD (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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strider643
Apr 24, 2017

Really interesting doc. I love nature docs from PBS. They are usually quite good like this one. Highly recommended.

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maipenrai
Oct 16, 2016

Interesting documentary about what has happened to the devastated area around the Chornobyl nuclear plant. Removing man from the picture has not left the land barren and uninhabited. Instead animals are thriving ( though they have genetic mutations at a rate that would be unacceptable for humans ) and wetlands are being restored. I expected a devastated landscape and was surprised to find features of the area are improved without the presence of humans. Very good documentary. Kristi & Abby Tabby.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
May 25, 2016

One: If you ever wondered how the world would fare without us, even after all the damage we've done to it, the answer is...pretty much just fine. In fact it seems to recover quite serenely. Two: There is a scientist in the wilds between the Ukraine & Belarus who can call wolves to him simply with his now lifelong command of the wolves' spoken language. Three: Enough grace, space, wildness, kindness, & plain old dumb luck existed on this miserable planet that the European bison, though restricted to a tiny range & persecuted everywhere, has survived to this day from the Ice Age. To see them kick aside the scavengers & mourn their fallen young was one of those things that destroys you for a second. Beautiful film. CR

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miaone
Mar 15, 2016

The horror that the Chernobyl accident perpetrated on millions of innocent beings is shown, quietly and effectively, by the abandoned apartments, child care centers, and playgrounds. The people are gone, of course, but wild animals remain in the forests that have overtaken previous croplands and parts of the city. The plants and animals seem to be thriving, and are being studied by devoted scientists who seem very brave to me. When people living nearby get hungry, sometimes they poach fish and animals for food. What effect all the radiation will have on them and on the animals in the long run is not yet known, but I found the film quite poignant.

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Slys65ss
Aug 16, 2015

Not a lot of focus on the actual wolves. More about the current state of Chernobyl.

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Boosterl16
Oct 22, 2012

A great documentary. it was an eye opener about Chernobyl and its effects.

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LARRY_M
Apr 02, 2012

Added no knowledge of 'radioactive wolves' and very little re the effects of radioactivity on wildlife, save for the fact that only 4 per cent of some animals had birth defects and that species births were more prolific.

The film is interesting insofar as it shows what the Chernobyl quarantine site (about 1100 square miles) now looks like in terms of how nature has taken over.

Reminded me a lot of the 'Life Without/After Man' series.

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dprodrig
Feb 28, 2012

Although interesting, this video was disappointing. In the end, it was established that the community / population of wolves was equivalent in and out of the zone, however, there was no conversation around the relative longevity of animals in and outside the zone, plus only a brief mention of the increase of animals born with abnormalities. To me, this documentary could have offered more than it did. It was nice to see how nature conquers man, but anyone passing abandoned lots in the city already knows this. It is hard to see how everything was destroyed, especially when you link that to the suffering of all who were exposed to this event.

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downsman
Feb 08, 2012

Really well filmed documentary that shows that Nature is much more resilient than scientists gloomily predict, and that wolves are not the ferocious beasts of numerous Hollywood depictions (Liam Neeson please note). In this documentary an unarmed scientist goes into a wolf's den and checks out the cubs, without any threat from any adult wolves.

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sykch
Jan 30, 2012

This was totally COOL! What happens when man is absent...maybe the only place in the world where man does not tread...THE ZONE (Tarkovsky fans, you know what I mean)...however, this is no science fiction movie...it exists! Eight feet catfish (and growing) and watch near the end of the DVD for what crosses the run-down road in the back ground...yikes...parts of it are very spooky...good docu-drama film making

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