Denmark mink that were infected with a mutated strain of COVID-19 have appeared to rise from the dead after a mass culling.
While the sight of a zombie-like mink is definitely terrifying for those living in West Jutland, where they are grappling with a slew of confirmed COVID-19 cases connected to mink, there is likely a scientific explanation for this bizarre situation.
Danish police spokesman Thomas Kristensen says that gases form while the body decays underground, according to the Guardian. “In this way, in the worst cases, the mink get pushed out of the ground,” Kristensen explains.
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Denmark has planned to cull all 15 million mink, which produce 40% of the world’s mink fur. Due to a rushed burial, the mink were placed in shallow graves just over three feet deep.
Now, after they’ve appeared to rise from the dead, officials are burying the animals in graves almost double the depth and the area will stay monitored nonstop until a fence can be set up.
Some locals have been concerned of the graves’ proximity to rivers and other water sources, which could contaminate water supplies in the area.
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