‘Radioactive’ isn’t a quality most people look for when choosing a steak.
Radioactive cattle have been discovered roaming the land just outside the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant – the site of a meltdown in the wake of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan.
The power plant was abandoned completely after it was realised that the disaster had caused radioactive materials to be released. Of course, lots of things got left behind – including a big bunch of cows. It’s been two years since the disaster, so someone had the bright idea to round up some of the cows still wandering about aimlessly and check them for radioactivity.
Apparently none of the cattle ‘showed outward signs of mutations’ which presumably means none of them had extra limbs or eyes, or glowed in the dark, or had begun to speak human languages, but you never know. Interestingly, the calves of the affected cows were found to be significantly more radioactive than their parents, so maybe in a few generations we’ll have a breed of supercows which fly around and shoot lasers from their eyes. That might be useful from a protecting-the-planet-from-alien-invasion perspective, but not very helpful when it comes to producing nice steaks.
If you do happen to stumble across these Japanese, radioactive cows, here’s a word of warning: don’t eat them. First of all, becoming Cowman would be nowhere near as cool as becoming Spiderman – unless having the incredible superpower of producing vast amounts of methane via your farts is something that appeals to you. Secondly, and much more importantly, consuming radioactive material is pretty dangerous even without it putting you on any supervillain’s radar.
Photo: maraker (via flickr)