Authorities in India have reported that a troop of monkeys has attacked a medical technician and stolen important blood samples belonging to patients who had tested positive for Coronavirus.
The attack, which took place at a state-run medical college in Meerut, occurred when the lab official was walking across campus and was set upon by a group of rhesus macaques.
The monkeys snatched the blood samples before retreating to the top of a tree, where eyewitnesses said they saw them chewing on them.
The samples came from four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment.
According to the Reuter’s report, Dr S. K. Garg, an official at the college where the monkey attack occurred, wasn’t sure whether the monkeys might contract the virus as a result. “No evidence has been found that monkeys can contract the infection,” Garg said.
Earlier this year, Sky News reported that monkeys in India have been congregating in places that are normally crowded with humans following the implementation of lockdown measures. Some locals are concerned that the primates are struggling because they are too reliant on humans for food.