The recent deaths of several monkeys in the Udawattakele forest reserve around Kandy town are believed to have been caused by poisoning. A PCR test carried out on one of the monkeys revealed that the death was not COVID-19 related, The Sunday Times reported.
Several monkeys were found dead in the forest reserve and one of the bodies had been sent for a PCR test amidst fears that the deaths were caused by COVID-19.
Peradeniya University Veterinary Medicine Faculty Pathologist Kavinda Wijesundera told the Sunday Times the monkey had died due to poisoning and the animal tested negative for COVID. (Sunday Times)