This can't be healthy.
Researchers have discovered radioactive rabbit poop spread around a
shuttered nuclear facility in the state of Washington. In September they
flew a helicopter above nearly 16 square miles of land looking for the
offending droppings, a result of rabbits licking radioactive salts found in
underground lairs dug near buried waste barrels. The researchers flew a
helicopter equipped with a radiation detector, looking for the rabbit poop
so that it can be cleaned up.
About 50 million gallons of liquid waste from Cold War-era plutonium
production were stored in a 13 square mile area in large tanks over 40
ago. Those tanks also included radioactive cesium and strontium salts which
are apparently irresistible to those of the rabbit persuasion.
HANFORD, Wash., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A helicopter conducted an aerial search for
slightly radioactive jackrabbit scat at the Hanford nuclear site in
Washington state, officials said.
Finding and removing the scat would have taken months with a ground survey,
experts say. The helicopter, equipped with radiation detectors and working
80 feet in the air, completed the survey in a few weeks, SeattlePI.com