Mink carcasses resurface in Denmark Photograph:( Twitter )
Hordes of carcasses of dead minks resurfaced from the grave after mass culling, leading to speculation that they have returned as zombies to 'exact revenge'
Denmark is facing a new horror, as cadavers of the culled minks have re-emerged from the earth, as per footage from local channels.
The macabre phenomenon was observed in a military training field outside the western town of Holstebro, where thousands of minks had been put into an improvised mass grave.
Hordes of carcasses of dead minks resurfaced from the grave after mass culling, leading to speculation that they have returned as zombies to ''exact revenge''.
Calling it a natural phenomenon, the local police said they ''got lifted by pressure from gases released by the decomposition.''
The environment ministry said minks should be covered by at least 150 centimetres (five feet) of earth, but according to public broadcaster DR they were only buried under 100 centimetres of dirt in the field outside Holstebro.
"The authorities are playing with our environment and using it as a dumping ground," Leif Brogger, a local politician, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
Adding to the frustration, the animals had been buried too close to a lake, raising fears of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution, though officials have promised to fix the situation.
The ministry insisted the minks' escape from their tomb was a "temporary problem tied to the animals' decaying process".
"To avoid potential problems for animals and humans the area will be monitored 24 hours a day until a fence is put up," said the ministry.
Photos and videos of the ghastly sight have set social media abuzz, with one Twitter user dubbing 2020 "the year of the zombie mutant killer minks".
2020, the year of the zoombie mutant killer minks https://t.co/UDqGWtJYSB— Stefan Bøgh-Andersen (@nitoen) November 24, 2020
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen faced opposition calls to resign after her agriculture minister stepped down over an illegal order by the government to cull the country's farmed mink.
Frederiksen has apologised publicly, but maintains the decision to cull all mink was sound and based on an assessment by health authorities.
In early November, Denmark -- which is the world's largest exporter of mink fur -- announced it would cull all of the country's more than 15 million minks after a mutated version of the novel coronavirus was discovered and believed to jeopardise the effectiveness of future vaccines.
Two weeks after having issued the decree -- while in the middle of a political crisis over the legality of the decision -- the government concluded last week that the potential threat to human vaccines was "very likely extinguished", in the absence of any new cases of the mutated version.
More than 10 million minks have already been culled in the Scandinavian country, according to the latest tally.