A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus test samples, it has been reported.
The bizarre incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India.
According to local media, the animals then snatched COVID-19 test samples from three patients and fled.
One of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported – adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.
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 they have proved an increasing problem in urban areas of the country in recent years, lockdown measures in the last two months have emboldened the monkeys.
Reports have shown them congregating in parts of Delhi normally crowded with humans.
In another news, two Nigerian doctoral candidates at the Michigan Technological University in the United States have launched major pioneering research into the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mujeeb Shittu and his colleague, Femi Afolami, both Ph.D. candidates in Biochemistry and Biological Science respectively co-authored this research. In their article, they explained how COVID-19 can be treated with the combination of hydroxychloroquine a zinc supplement.