A Chinese farm breeding cockroaches to make into medicines has released a million of its charges into the local neigbhbourhood after being attacked as part of a development land grab.
According to the Chinese media, a Jiangsu province facility breeding cockroaches for “medicinal” purposes has been at the centre of a (by Chinese standards) minor public health scandal after its livestock escaped en masse.
The greenhouse housing the roaches was reportedly destroyed by persons unknown, letting approximately 1 million of the insects escape.
Local authorities have begun attempting to exterminate the escapees, and insists to the p “there is no reason for people to panic.”
There is some suspicion officials themselves destroyed the farm as part of a China style property development deal, but the local government assures the public that “we didn’t do it.”
Just what medicines the cockroaches were being used to produce is not known.