16 Jun '11, 1pm

Rabbit born with no ears near Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant triggers new concerns about radiation leak

TOKYO - The discovery of a rabbit born with no ears (picture) close to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has triggered new concerns across Japan about the radiation that has been released into the atmosphere since March 11. The rabbit was born on May 7, according to its owner, Ms Yuko Sugimoto, in the town of Namie, which is just outside the 30km exclusion zone that has been imposed around the crippled plant. The town has, however, been identified as a radiation hot-spot. "I have been raising rabbits for more than 10 years and this is the first time something like this has happened," Ms Sugimoto told the weekly magazine Flash. As well as having no ears, the rabbit also appears to have clear signs of albinism - a pure white coat and red eyes - that are the result of mutations in several genes. Outwardly, the rabbit appears to be healthy and video footage posted on YouTub...

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