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Photos show dead mink bodies literally rising from the grave, after millions were killed to stop the spread of coronavirus wreaking even more havoc in Denmark.
Mink carcasses were buried at a site at the Holstebro military complex after a mutated strain of the virus was found in the animals.
But hundreds of corpses from the mass grave have resurfaced, having been pushed upwards due to gases released from the bodies.
After the disturbing images began to circulate, many people have joked about the mink 'zombies' on social media, with one tweeting: "Who else had 'Zombie Minks' in their 2020 Bingo Cards?"
Someone else wrote: "Ah. I see that we've reached the zombie mink phase of 2020."
Police spokesperson Thomas Kristensen told DR the mink had risen up after gases formed during decomposition, causing the bodies to swell.
They were pushed out of the ground 'in the worst case', he said.
Officials have now realised that burying the mink under one metre of soil isn't enough, vowing to place them at a depth of 2.5 metres instead.
The Covid-19 variant, Cluster 5, was found in the mink in Denmark recently, prompting fears that it could make vaccines against the disease less effective.
Scientists think that the virus jumped from workers in fur farms to the animals in the summer, before it was then passed back to humans. The mutation occurred when it crossed between the two species, with the 'spike' protein used to enter human cells.
Huge areas of northern Denmark were locked down after it was found that the strain had originated there.
After millions of the animals were culled, officials in Denmark have now said the strain - which appeared to be resistant to antibodies - has 'most likely' been eliminated, with the last case having been recorded in September.
A press release from the Danish Health Ministry said: "The sequencing of the positive tests are showing we have not been able to find the mink variation with Cluster 5 since 15 September and because of this the SSI [Statens Serum Institut], a research institute in Copenhagen is estimating that this variant has very likely has died out."
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