Sky News in the UK has reported that a gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant at Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India and escaped with coronavirus blood test samples.
A monkey was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported.
The highly intelligent, red-faced rhesus macaques have been taking advantage of India’s nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus. The monkeys have begun to infiltrate areas normally occupied by people.
Lockdown measures in the last two months are believed to have emboldened the monkeys. Reports have shown them congregating in parts of Delhi normally crowded with humans.