German police are investigating the grisly discovery of an ape’s severed hand and foot in a forest west of Munich.
The cleanly-detached body parts – complete with skin, hair, and nails – were found by a forester’s dog around a week ago near the Bavarian town of Grafrath.
One police tip suggested the finding was evidence that the government was carrying out coronavirus experiments on monkeys.
But after examination of the foot and hand, which appear to come from a chimpanzee, experts concluded that the body parts had been preserved with formaldehyde or another chemical used to keep scientific specimens.
“This makes it possible that the parts are significantly older than initially thought,” Michael Fischer, a police spokesman in nearby Fuerstenfeldbruck, told dpa news agency.
“The good news is that nobody has to worry that an ape was slaughtered in Fuerstenfeldbruck last week.”
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Officers are still trying to figure out how a chimpanzee’s parts ended up in a German forest, but say it seems likely it is at most an administrative offence rather than a crime.
In German law, an administrative offence does not reach the punishable unlawful content of a criminal offence but typically results in a fine.
“It could already be past the statute of limitations,” Mr Fischer added.
Source : Sky News