Coronavirus: Monkeys 'steals COVID-19 samples' assault lab assistant

Coronavirus: Monkeys 'steals COVID-19 samples' assault lab assistant

Bizzare news

A gang of monkeys escaped with a batch of coronavirus blood test samples, after launching an attack on the lab assistant in Delhi India.

The bizarre incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India.

According to news report, the animals then snatched COVID-19 blood test samples that had been taken from three patients and fled.

One of the monkeys was seen in a tree munching on its supposed treat, a sample of the collection kits, the Times of India reported the samples had to be retaken again.

Are there fears of an outbreak

The undamaged kits were later recovered, the Meerut medical college superintendent, Dheeraj Raj, told AFP.

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He added: "They were still intact and we don't think there is any risk of contamination or spread."

"After humans, rhesus macaques are one of the most successful primate species on our planet; our Machiavellian intelligence may be one of the reasons for our success" wrote Maestripieri.*

It is the latest example of the highly intelligent, red-faced rhesus macaques taking advantage of India's nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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