Resurfaced footage reveals that the Wuhan Institute of Virology kept bats in cages at the facility, lending further evidence to the well-supported idea that SARS-CoV-2 originated in the Chinese laboratory, the Epoch Times reported.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Chinese Communist Party-owned institution that oversees the Wuhan laboratory, posted video that showed bats in cages in 2017. One of the lab’s scientists is seen holding a bat and feeding it a worm.
The video’s commentator states that the laboratory had obtained more than 15,000 bat samples from Africa and China.
The CAS released the video after the Wuhan lab earned China’s first P4 classification, which signifies the top bio-security level.
The WIV laboratory did not have safety standards to match its bio-security classification.
The video shows a researcher with a bat hanging from his hat with insufficient protective gear.
Another 2017 report—the same time the researchers were studying SARS viruses—shows a researcher’s swollen hand from a bat bite.
Researcher Cui Jie said on the Chinese government-run CCTV that bats “could bite your hands through the glove” and that the bites felt like “being jabbed by a needle.”
Chinese media sources acknowledged the video last year, but the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the corporate media, and the Deep State buried it as part of their coordinated effort to censor and discredit the lab-leak theory.
The video confirms other public records that indicate bat breeding and research at WIV.
The WIV has filed paperwork to secure two patents related to breeding bats.
One patent request from June 2018 describes a bat cage for “healthy growth and breeding under artificial conditions.”
Another patent filing from October 2020 says that the “invention discloses an artificial breeding method of wild bat with predatory insects.”
A website associated with the CAS states that the WIV has three “barrier facilities” that contain 12 bat cages.
U.S. zoologist Peter Daszak, who led the World Health Organization’s effort to determine COVID-19’s origin, said that the Wuhan lab did not house bats for research.
He responded on Twitter to an article from The Independent, which reported that “samples from the bats were sent to the Wuhan laboratory for genetic analyses of the viruses collected in the field.”
“Important error in this piece. No BATS were ‘sent to Wuhan lab for genetic analyses of viruses collected in the field,’ Daszak wrote. “That’s not how this science works. We collect bat samples, send them to the lab. We RELEASE bats where we catch them!”
Daszak has a conflict of interest that should have disqualified him from leading the WHO’s endeavor to learn COVID-19’s origin.
He is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit that bills itself as a “pandemic prevention” organization despite its support for dangerous virus experiments, including gain-of-function research.
Between 2014 and 2019, EcoHealth Alliance funneled $826,777 from the US federal government to the Chinese-owned WIV for bat coronavirus research, The Epoch Times reported.
Daszak said on June 1 that the WHO coronavirus-origin investigation “didn’t ask” if WIV housed live bats for research.
His admission came after the media reported that American intelligence sources knew that three Chinese researchers were hospitalized for coronavirus-like symptoms a month before the first positive COVID-19 test.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if, like many other virology labs, they were trying to set up a bat colony,” Daszak wrote on Twitter.