Wednesday November 25, 2020
Not buried deep enough
Culled minks reappear
Millions of minks in Denmark were hastily culled for potentially carrying a mutated coronavirus. But now some of them have unexpectedly reappeared: In a makeshift mass grave for the fur animals on a military site, the carcasses were driven back to the surface due to putrefaction gases, as pictures on the public television channel DR show.
According to the police in the western Danish town of Holstebro, the culled minks are only covered with a thin layer of sand and lime. One internet user already spoke ironically of the “year of the mutated zombie mink”. The broadcaster DR accused the Danish Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of not burying the carcasses deep enough. The ministry, however, spoke of a “temporary problem” related to the decomposition process of the animals. The area is now checked day and night and found carcasses are covered again with earth.
The Danish government ordered the culling of up to 17 million mink in the country at the beginning of November after a mutated and human-transmissible form of Sars-CoV-2 was discovered on some breeding farms in northern Jutland. There was therefore a risk that the mutation “Cluster 5” could render future vaccinations ineffective. The government now assumes that “cluster 5” could be “eradicated” again.
Mutated corona viruses have now also been found on mink farms in other countries. On Tuesday, eight animals were identified with the virus in the Polish Pomeranian voivodeship. Cases became known on Sunday in a company around 100 kilometers from Paris.