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Dead mink are rising from the grave in Denmark

Posted on Friday, 27 November, 2020 | Comment icon 12 comments

Minks have been culled to stop the spread of the virus. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Ryzhkov Sergey
Mink that have been culled and buried due to the coronavirus have started emerging from beneath the soil.
The animals, which are typically farmed for their fur, have been killed in large numbers recently due to fears over a mutated version of the coronavirus that has threatened to spread to humans.

In Denmark, mass graves have been dug to dispose of many thousands of culled mink.

As it turns out however, burying them under a thin layer of soil isn't good enough as, despite being deceased, the animals have been starting to rise up out of the ground all by themselves.

"As the bodies decay, gases can be formed," national police spokesman Thomas Kristensen told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. "This causes the whole thing to expand a little."
"In this way, in the worst cases, the mink get pushed out of the ground."

To make matters worse, some of the burial sites are close to lakes and streams and there is concern that the mass graves could contaminate the water supply.

Efforts are now underway to shovel more soil on top to mitigate the problem.

"This is a natural process," said Kristensen.

"Unfortunately, one meter of soil is not just one meter of soil - it depends on what type of soil it is. The problem is that the sandy soil in West Jutland is too light. So we have had to lay more soil on top."

Source: Boing Boing | Comments (12)

Tags: Mink, Coronavirus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by simplybill on 27 November, 2020, 23:30
Well, it is 2020, so that sort of thing is to be expected....
Comment icon #4 Posted by XenoFish on 28 November, 2020, 0:06
At this point, actual zombies wouldn't even surprise me. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by glorybebe on 28 November, 2020, 2:58
Totally agree.  It only makes sense to cremate them to stop the virus from leaking into the environment
Comment icon #6 Posted by mesuma on 1 December, 2020, 0:27
Wait a minute? Oh come on!!!  I came here for zombie mink and instead I have been click baited into reading an environmental story. How is this an unexplained mystery? The guy told us how it happened right there in the article.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 1 December, 2020, 8:55
We Danes are so proud of adding to the horror of the current pandemic....said no one...ever :(
Comment icon #8 Posted by zep73 on 2 December, 2020, 15:47
The soil in western Jutland is very sandy, and weighs less than ordinary soil. They didn't account for that, when they buried the mink there. There are too many to cremate. They'd have to build special ovens for it, and meanwhile the bodies would decompose and pose a huge health risk. And don't worry about leaking viruses. They are covered in lime, which prevents the viruses from spreading.
Comment icon #9 Posted by qxcontinuum on 4 December, 2020, 5:28
I hope they humans who approved this criminal act die by karma... eye for eye... 2020 is full of miracles and nature is gaining back its balance
Comment icon #10 Posted by Eldorado on 10 December, 2020, 17:04
Mass mink graves in Denmark may have soiled groundwater - report Reuters
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 21 December, 2020, 16:18
Denmark to dig up millions of minks after mass graves spark controversy MSN
Comment icon #12 Posted by Kismit on 21 December, 2020, 17:25
Sounds like the plot of a horror movie

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