- Pets and Animals
Massive Bee Swarm Kills Horses and Attacks Humans
"It got all dark, like it was night time there were so many bees,we were trying stand up in the water but every time we stuck our heads out for air, they would cover us and start stinging us. We were trying to breathe and they were stinging us in the face and in the nose."
Imagine the scene. Some 30,000 bees swarm in anger creating a cloud that turned day into night. That is what happened in Pantego, Texas, when Kirsten Beauregard and her boyfriend were trying to train their two ponies, Chip and Trump. At first, the issue was gradual with a few bees making the pony jump to shake them off. But, minutes later, Alfred Hitchcock, could not have created a better scene for a movie, thousands of bees descended like dive bombers attacking Kirsten and the pony. Both human and horse quickly jumped into a pool of water to avoid the attack. When that failed, she ran for cover in the house with her boyfriend leaving the ponies which were defenseless.
Once in the house, the bees crashed against the windows by the hundreds. This is much like the movie, The Birds, but this WAS real. The boyfriend frantically called 911 and the firemen were on their way.
In the meantime, the two ponies were tragically covered with bees. The 250 lb. ponies were subjected to hundreds of stings that produced shock in the animals and collapsed to die. The firemen arrived wearing special gear and using foam as their weapon.
As the swarm was killed, bees piled up and up. Kirsten has been stung 200 times, her boyfriend, 50 times. The bee attack killed two ponies and five hens. Some of the bees have been taken to see if they are "African" bees, which seems to be obvious because these are the ones who will attack if the hive is disturbed.