Chernobyl Guards Have Befriended Abandoned Dogs, Feeding Them and Bringing Medical Care

Chernobyl Guards/Jonathon Turnbull

In the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, guards watching for human trespassers are befriending and even caring for the descendants of dogs abandoned when tens of thousands of people had to abandon their entire lives and flee when reactor 4 exploded in 1986.

Their interactions, collected and documented through work from the BBCtell a story of a spark of humanity returning to a place long void of it.

When reactor 4 went 34 years ago, the residents of Pripyat were told to leave everything behind including their pets. Jonathon Turnbull, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge, lives in Kyiv and has visited the 1,000 square mile Exclusion Zone many times.

There he met a variety of guards very…



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