Picture scraper @Globe_Pics, which has 520,000 followers, tweeted the following (currently 205 retweets, and 135 favorites):
Earless bunnies were born in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.
Twitter debunker account @PicPedant responded with the following:
Real pic but bunny ear loss isn't exclusively caused by radiation; there are other factors. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002249/Japan-tsunami-earthquake-Earless-bunny-born-near-Fukushima-raising-new-nuclear-fears.html
The Daily Mail article states or quotes the following:
- A rabbit was born in the UK without ears in 2008, before the nuclear accident in Japan.
- Rabbits can lack ears because of genetic defects, or because of mothers biting off their ears.
- If it were caused by Fukushima Dai-ichi, it'd be logical to expect other bunnies in the group to have defects, and there's no sign of that.
While the Daily Mail is well-known for publishing articles about science, it isn't as well known for reliability, so I'm not confident about it being used to evaluate a claim.
Was the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident responsible for earless bunnies?