Monkey Business

Gang of Monkeys Steals COVID Blood Samples in India

As if 2020 couldn't get any worse.

5. 29. 20 / Victor Tangermann
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It sounds like the opening of a bad apocalyptic zombie movie.

A gang of monkeys in India stole a batch of blood samples taken from patients who tested positive for COVID-19, according to Reuters. We shouldn’t have to tell you why this is bad news.

The monkeys raided a lab at a state owned medical college in Meerut, an Indian city.

“Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment. […] We had to take their blood samples again,” S. K. Garg, a top official at the college, told Reuters.

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Yes, it sounds like a hoax. But multiple reliable publications are reporting the story — so while further reporting could undermine it, the monkey heist appears at the moment to be legit.

While we don’t know if any blood has been spilled yet, there’s a sliver of good news.

“No evidence has been found that monkeys can contract the infection,” Garg told Reuters.

We do, however, know with a degree of certainty that the coronavirus originated in animals.

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India is no stranger to monkeys going rogue and acting aggressive. That’s in part caused by the destruction of their natural habitat, according to experts.


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