Denmark to dig up culled minks after rising from the dead

Minks at farmer Stig Sørensen's estate where all minks must be culled due to a government order on November 7, 2020 in Bording, Denmark.

Government officials in Denmark plan to dig up minks that appeared to have risen from the dead.

Last month, Denmark, which produces 40% of the world’s mink fur, planned to cull the entirety of the country’s mink population after human cases were tied to mink infected with a mutated strain of COVID-19.

The hurried nature of the burials, however, meant that the creatures were buried only in shallow graves – and later appeared to emerge from the dead, causing a national panic.

“The gases cause the animals to expand and in the worst cases, the mink get pushed out of the ground,” Jannike Elmegaard, a Danish Veterinary and Food Administration spokesman, told the Associated Press.

Denmark:Dead minks infected with a mutated form of COVID-19 rise from graves after mass culling

Elmegaard explained that the mink were buried in trenches around 8 feet deep, but in multiple layers separated by chalk and dirt. The highest layer of mink were likely the “zombie” culprit.

It seems likely that the carcasses will be exhumed and reburied in deeper graves, per CNN. But in the meantime, the area continues to be monitored 24 hours a day. 

Though no exact number is available for how many minks have been culled, around 2 million were culled by mid-November, the BBC reported. The total number of mink in the country is estimated at 15 million.

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