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Monkeys Attack Lab Assistant, Escape With Coronavirus Samples

Monkeys Attack Lab Assistant, Escape With Coronavirus Samples

A gang of monkeys have attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus test samples in India.

Naija News reports that weird incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India.

According to local media, the monkeys then snatched Coronavirus (COVID-19) test samples from three patients and fled.

The report added one of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree, chewing one of the Coronavirus sample collection kits, adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.

According to the Times of India, 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.

While the monkeys have proved an increasing problem in urban areas of India in recent years, COVID-19 lockdown measures in the last two months have emboldened the monkeys.

Several reports have shown them congregating in parts of Delhi normally crowded with humans.

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