Chilling pictures show ‘zombie’ mink ‘rising from the grave’ after millions were culled to stop coronavirus spreading further in Denmark.
Hundreds of animal carcasses have resurfaced at a mass burial site at the Holstebro military complex.
Police spokesperson Thomas Kristensen told DR the situation emerged after the gases formed during decomposition caused the bodies to swell. They were pushed out of the ground in ‘worst cases’, he said.
Officials have now vowed to bury mink under 2.5 metres of soil rather than one metre in an effort to stop the bodies from reappearing.
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The sandy soil has proven to be too light so the burial area has now been covered with extra soil, they said.
There is a small risk of the dead animals infecting people but the area will soon be fenced in, officials said.
People in Denmark have taken to social media to brand the mink ‘zombies’ after seeing the disturbing pictures.
Denmark Prime minister Mette Frederiksen pledged to kill up to 17 million mink after a government report showed a Covid-19 mutation had been found in 12 people infected by mink in the northern part of the country.
‘Cluster Five’, was found on 207 out of the country’s 1,139 fur farms, spurring the Government to put 250,000 people living in North Jutland into lockdown.
Researchers at the State’s Serum Institute in Copenhagen fear that if mutations in the spike protein of the virus are transmitted back to humans, it could make a vaccine less effective.
Kare Molbak, director at the State Serum Institute, said: ‘The worst case scenario is a new pandemic, starting all over again out of Denmark.’
The burial sites have already caused outrage across Denmark, with the Government previously forced to admit the mass slaughter had no legal basis.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said: ‘Even if we were in a rush, it should have been completely clear to us that new legislation was required, and it was not. I apologise for that.’
Denmark reported 1,367 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the country’s highest single-day jump since the start of the pandemic.
Eight people have died with Covid-19 in the past day, bringing the death toll to 797.
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