Coronavirus: Monkeys 'escape with COVID-19 samples' after attacking lab assistant

One of the primates was reportedly later spotted up in a tree, chewing one of the sample collection kits.

5/29/2020 10:13:00 PM

A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus test samples, it has been reported

One of the primates was reportedly later spotted up in a tree, chewing one of the sample collection kits.

Image:Monkeys get on a motorcycle to eat fruits from a box during the lockdown in New DelhiReports have shown them congregating in parts of Delhi normally crowded with humans.The animals have adapted to live in close contact with people, and it is believed some groups have struggled in the absence of human food they had come to rely on.

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People have been advised not to feed the monkeys while the pandemic continues, with experts suggesting doing so could cause the virus to mutate and infect primates.Image:People have been asked not to feed monkeys during the pandemic, although many have come to rely on human sources of food

A senior biologist from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department previously warned that if this did happen, the mutated virus could have a devastating impact on primate species and other wildlife which prey on them."The point is, we have very little understanding of the virus, and it is better to limit our interactions with wildlife till there is more research done on its effects on non-human primates and other animal species," he told The Hindu.

Reports have previously emerged of the primates causing chaos in Delhi, snatching food and mobile telephones, breaking into homes and terrorising people in and around the Indian capital.They have colonised areas around the city's parliament and the sites of key ministries, from the prime minister's office to the finance and defence ministries, scaring both civil servants and the public.

"Very often they snatch food from people as they are walking, and sometimes they even tear files and documents by climbing in through the windows," said Ragini Sharma, a home ministry employee, in 2018.Swarms of locusts threaten food security for millions in India amid COVID-19 pandemic

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