A mink infected with a mutant strain of the new coronavirus appears to have sprung from the grave this week after thousands were executed in Denmark earlier this month.
The decision to kill the animals was made after it was discovered that 11 people were infected with the same strain found on mink farms and factories.
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However, in the context of rushing to dispose of the bodies, the Danish authorities reported on Thursday that some bodies had risen to the surface of their makeshift graves after the accumulation of gases inside the decomposing bodies.
The bodies were buried in military training fields outside the town of Holstebro.
The bodies were lying in trenches more than 8 feet deep and 10 feet wide, and the first meter of dead mink was covered with chalk before another layer was added underneath the dirt, according to the Associated Press.
However, even though the mink should have been covered by at least 5 feet of soil, CBS News reported that it was only buried 3 feet deep and also close to a lake – raising concerns about possible contamination.
Commanders said the authorities would monitor the grave until a fence was erected.
The zombies are being buried elsewhere and environmental officials have promised to fix the situation.
Some mayors have suggested burning mink carcasses, according to USA Today.
Parliament has ordered the killing of about 15 million mink animals and banned all cultivation of mink until the end of next year. The country is the world’s largest exporter of mink fur.
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Denmark has reported more than 74,700 cases and more than 800 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.