Dead minks have started to emerge from their graves after they were slaughtered because they feared they were carrying a mutated strain of Covid-19.
The bodies of the culled animals have been spotted from shallow pits in Denmark where officials disposed of their decomposing remains.
Hairy mink bodies fill with gas as they rot, causing them to rise from their resting place.
The creepy phenomenon has been downplayed by police in West Jutland, where the minks were killed, and emphasized that there is no risk of infection.
Gravediggers dug deeper pits and reburied the carcasses after parts of the dead animal had floated to the surface.
Police spokesman Thomas Kristensen told DR: “Gases are formed during decomposition, causing the bodies to swell a little and, in the worst case, push them out of the ground.”
But that hasn’t stopped Danes from joking on social media about the terrifying prospect of zombie minks.
A joker tweeted, “2020, the year of the zombie mutant killers.”
The Danish government announced a cull of between 15 and 17 million minks earlier this month, after scientists raised concerns about a powerful new strain of coronavirus spreading through the animal population.
The species, known as ‘cluster five’, was found in 207 of the country’s 1,139 fur farms and led to the imprisonment of 250,000 Danes.
The World Health Organization linked 214 cases of human coronavirus to the related farms, 12 of which were related to the mutated strain.
Danish officials later apologized and admitted there was no legal basis for slaughtering the country’s 17 million mink population.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said: “Even if we were in a hurry, it should have been perfectly clear to us that new legislation was needed, and it was not.
“My apologies for that.”
Politicians initially feared the variant would jeopardize the prospect of a successful vaccine if passed on to people.