An earless rabbit born near Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant has sparked panic that human babies in Japan may soon be born with mutations.
The radiation released since March 11 has threatened Japan more than what it was previously thought of.
The rabbit’s owner reported that it was born on May 7 in a town called Namie just outside the 18-mile exclusion zone that has been imposed around the leaking plant.
The rabbit also shows traits of albinism, as it is coated purly white with red eyes. This is the result of mutations in several genes.
The town has, however, been identified as a radiation hot spot.
In the sea water around Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, radioactive materials have been detected with a concentration level 240 times higher than the safe limit. The element Stontium is warned to be highly dangerous to humans as it accumulates in bones and is believed to cause cancer.