Radioactive Rabbit Caught At Hanford Nuclear Reservation--At Least It's Not More Wasps

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Word to the wise, if you find yourself tromping around the brush 50 miles east of Yakima or so and see a cute furry bunny hopping around, don't freaking touch it. In fact, go ahead and retreat to the nearest lead coated bunker. That bunny may, in fact, be radioactive. Washington State Health Department workers just trapped a radioactive rabbit at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and, it turns out, it's far from the first mutant beast that's been spawned at the toxic waste dump--though it may be the cutest.

Authorities had been chasing the rabbit around for some time when its droppings tipped the scales for radioactivity. They think it may ingested some water left over from the Cold War-era nuclear weapons production site that was demolished recently.

Just last year there were 33 contaminated animals or animal droppings that were found on the site, none more terrifying than the radioactive wasps found in June of that year.

Not that anyone should be surprised. Hanford is the site of the largest toxic waste cleanup effort in the United States. It produced the majority of all weapons grade plutonium in the country for decades, including the material used in the "Fat Man" bomb that decimated Nagasaki, Japan in World War II.

No one is sure if the radioactivity has bestowed any new and terrifying powers onto the rabbit. What's more likely is that it will simply develop terminal cancer eventually, or just die a quick and bloodless death from the poisoning itself.

That's assuming the thing wasn't euthanized immediately and staked at the gate as a warning to other curious little bunnies.

 
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