By Valentyn Ogirenko
OSTROH, Ukraine (Reuters) – Dozens of swans have flocked to a reservoir in western Ukraine this winter, evading snow and ice to enjoy the warm waters discharged from a nearby nuclear power plant.
Scientists say the birds migrate from all over Ukraine and elsewhere in eastern Europe to the reservoir, which the Khmelnytskyi plant uses for cooling and thus never freezes over.
“There is no need to make an extra effort to get to the Black Sea as the birds feel comfortable here,” Oksana Holovko, head of the science and research department at a nearby national nature park, told Reuters.
Since the water temperature does not drop lower than 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit), the reservoir is also rich in crustaceans