Monkeys in India Steal Blood Samples of Patients With COVID-19

The headline sort of grabs your attention for several reasons.

In Meerut, India, about 285 miles north of Lucknow, a troop of monkeys attacked a lab technician who was walking on the campus of a medical college.

Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college, said:

“Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment … we had to take their blood samples again.”

Residents were worried that the monkeys would either become infected with the disease or spill the blood and cause the disease to spread.

The rest of us are concerned about monkeys jumping people and taking things. Apparently this is not an unheard of thing in India, where monkeys have been increasingly straying into human settlements and causing disturbances, even attacking people. Environmentalists say the creatures are hunting for food.

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