A hasty slaughter of Denmark’s mink due to concerns about a coronavirus mutation has left the country with a further horror, as the animals’ bodies come up again from the ground.
The macabre phenomenon was observed in a military training field outside the western city of Holstebro, where thousands of wiped out mink had been put in an impromptu mass grave.
The carcasses rose to the surface due to pressure from gases released during the decomposition, according to local police.
The Ministry of Environment said that mink should be covered with at least 1
Leif Brogger, a local politician, told the newspaper Jyllands-Posten: “The authorities are playing with our environment and using it as a dumping ground.”
The animals were further buried too close to a lake, fearing phosphorus and nitrogen pollution, although officials have promised to rectify the situation.
The Ministry of the Environment said rising residues were a “temporary problem linked to the decay process of the animals”.
“To avoid potential problems for animals and humans, the area is monitored 24 hours a day until a fence is placed,” it added.
Photos and videos of the new bodies have brought social media into contact with a Twitter user who calls 2020 “the year of zombie mutant killer mink”.
In early November, Denmark – which is the world’s largest exporter of mink fur – announced that it would eradicate more than 15 million mink across the country after a mutated version of coronavirus was discovered and is thought to jeopardize the effectiveness of future vaccines.
Two weeks after issuing the decree – while in the midst of a political crisis over the legality of the decision – the government concluded last week that the potential threat to human vaccines was “very likely extinguished”, in the absence of further cases of mutated version.
More than 10 million mink have already been wiped out in the country, according to the latest census.