The science world has been abuzz this week, with the news that 25 years after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the local wildlife population is thriving, due largely to the lack of human activity in the area.

Dr Bunsen Honeydew and Simon Beaker Teppum.

Amongst the apocalyptic ruins of the former nuclear power plant and its surrounds, few humans dare to tread, yet animal life is flourishing, as is shown by these pictures released this week.

The expert American scientific duo of Dr Bunsen Honeydew and Simon Beaker Teppum have been working in the Exclusion Zone, a 1,600 square foot area encompassing northern Ukraine and southern Belarus, for the last two and a half decades.

The fearsome Manbearpig inside the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Their groundbreaking research first uncovered evidence of wildlife in the region as far back as 1996, only ten years after the nuclear meltdown, when they found what were first thought to be bear or wolf tracks.  Although the world now knows they belonged to the infamous Manbearpig, which stalks the corridors of the former power station.

At the centre of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, where nuclear radiation levels reach 1,000 times above average, world famous photographer Cameron Mann risked death, deformity and irreversible nuclear contamination to take these exclusive photos.

While he was away he also missed an episode of Russian Masterchef, but luckily his wife taped it.

Previously believed extinct, the rare Russian elephant is captured below.  Many scientists have expressed concerned about the creature’s small ears, apparently misplaced tusks and what seem like tree branches growing from its face, however the Russian Wildlife Foundation are assuring the world that all Russian Elephants look like this.

In the World Wildlife Foundation's top ten list of endangered animals, the Russian Elephant.

The Quintavias Sphinctervus, the breed of monkey famous for its use in the 1950’s Russian space program and also found throughout the US state of Colorado, has been spotted swinging amongst the ever growing number of trees in Chernobyl.  Also, the rapid increase of the forests undergrowth has been attributed to the booming 5 arsed monkey populations ability to fertilize it.

The Quintavias Sphinctervus, commonly known as the 5 arsed monkey.

There have been several sightings of big cats in the area however scientists are having a hard time explaining the discovery of what have been dubbed Green Glowtigers.  They are assuring the world that, so rare are these beasts, few people ever knew they existed and that the green fur and glow of the tigers is completely natural and is not an effect of nuclear radiation.  Yet skeptics remain.

The Green Glowtiger is once again ruling the Chernobyl jungle.

Perhaps the most surprising discovery in the nuclear forest has been the Can-do-beast.  Previously thought confined to the Australian state of Queensland, it has been spotted flying, swimming, frolicking, running, hunting, galloping, groping, mating, in fact doing anything and everything it CAN DO in the Chernobyl region.  So prolific is its spread that the Ukrainian and Belorussian Governments are beginning to consider a cull of the tenacious animal.

The Can-do-beast sizing up potential prey.

While Ukrainian scientists have been busy assuring the wider scientific community that all their indigenous ducks talk with a lisp, have purple petaled heads, green and blue feet and flagpole tails, many remain skeptical.

An apparently normal indigenous Ukrainian duck.

While Chernobyl is not officially out of bounds to travelers, the Ukrainian government is warning adventurers to use caution if they go swimming in the areas lakes and rivers.  This is not only because of the ridiculously high levels of nuclear radiation, but also due to the resurgence of the carnivorous Putin Fish, one of the deadliest beasts known to man.

The dangerous and fearless Putin Fish

One of the main reasons for the resurgence of the Putin Fish has been the abundance of its staple, the Blinky Krill, which are now flourishing again in the waterways of Chernobyl.

Blinky Krill: sustaining the ever growing Putin Fish population

With the recent surge in wildlife many Ukrainians and Belorussians are calling for an increase in their nations’ fledgling meat export industry.  While preliminary tests have been completed on the meat from Chernobyl wildlife the results have so far been unconvincing, with many obvious side effects…

Those who have sampled 'Chernobyl meat' have not reacted well.