Dead mink have begun rising from their graves after they were slaughtered over fears they carried a mutated strain of Covid-19.
The corpses of the culled animals have been spotted emerging from shallow pits in Denmark where officials tossed their decomposing remains.
Furry mink bodies are filling with gas as they rot causing them to rise from their resting place.
The spooky phenomena has been played down by police in West Jutland, where the mink were killed, insisting there is no infection risk.
Gravediggers have dug deeper pits and reburied the carcasses after swathes of the dead animal floated to the surface.
Police spokesman Thomas Kristensen told DR: “Gases are formed during decomposition, which causes the bodies to swell a little and, in worst cases, they get pushed out of the ground.”
But that hasn’t stopped Danes taking to social media to joke about the terrifying prospect of zombie mink.
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One joker tweeted: “2020, the year of the zombie mutant killer minks”.
The Danish government announced a cull of between 15 and 17 million mink earlier this month, after scientists raised concerns about a powerful new coronavirus strain spreading through the animal population.
The strain, known as 'cluster five', was found in 207 of the country’s 1,139 fur farms and lead to the lockdown of 250,000 Danes.
The World Health Organisation linked 214 human coronavirus cases to the related farms, with 12 related to the the mutated strain.
Danish officials later apologised and admitted there was no legal basis to slaughter the country’s 17 million mink population.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said: “Even if we were in a rush, it should have been completely clear to us that new legislation was required, and it was not.
“I apologise for that.”
Politicians initially feared the variant would threaten the prospect of a successful vaccine if it was passed to humans.
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