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30,000 Killer Bees Attack Couple, Kill Horses

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A Texas couple was attacked by what is being described as a swarm of 30,000 killer bees. The couple, Kristen Beauregard, 44, was stung about 200 times, and her boyfriend about 50 times, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Beauregard had noticed a number of bees on her property, particularly flying in and around a shed. She did not know just how many were actually in the area.

Wednesday evening Beaurgard was exercising her two miniature horses when the swarm attacked.

“They were chasing us down, they were following us,” she said. “We swept up piles and piles of them. … It was like a bad movie.”

She said she hadn’t noticed anything at first, until the horse she was walking, Trump, started kicking. When she realized what was happening, she and her horse both jumped in the pool.

“It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees,” she said. “We were trying to 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.”

Beauregard made it into the house and her boyfriend called 911. They watched out the window in horror as bees literally covered the two horses outside, as well as a chicken and a dog, stinging them to death.

It looked like they were moving because they were so covered in bees,” Beauregard said, breaking into tears. “It just looked like they were shimmering because the bees were on them and stinging them.”

Firefighters sprayed foam to clear the bees, then waded in wearing protective gear. They tried to save the horses, to no avail.

“He had so much swelling in his face, he must have kept his face above water to breathe. That’s where all the bee stings concentrated,” veterinarian Patricia Tersteeg said. “He was so overwhelmed by bites that his body could not handle it. That’s way too much for any 250 pound mammal to survive.”

30,000 Killer Bees Attack Couple, Kill Horses
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  • Susan

    This is just terrible. I am so saddened by this story.

    These bees were released on purpose in South America many years ago to make a hardier honey bee, but it did not work out quite the way the scientists thought and now they have a very aggressive type of bee that will swarm and sting to death anything in their path. They have made their way into the states now and we will be, no doubt, hearing more of these horrific tales. Very sad and awful fopr those who encounter these bees. This is terrible.

    My thoughts and prayers to the couple for their loss of their beautiful animal companions and I hope they are feeling better physically themselves after all those stings. If one or both of them had been allergic, they would not have made it. Just awful….My heart goes out to them. Blessings to them….

    • Jim Wagner

      All this suffering because an individual accidently releasing these bees into the wild.

      But, shouldn’t this really be an opportunity ? I understand that these honeybees produce a lot of very good honey. At a time when many of our “tame” honeybees are disappearing, why not put our genetics professionals to work on “taming” these Africanized honeybees and then using them for our benefit ?

      • nunya biz

        right.get out your whip and chair.the only way to “tame ” them is by breeding out the aggressiveness,which will take a few bee generations.

      • http://WaterCoolerproducts.com Alice

        I love a attitude that’s about solving problems and realizing a opportunity here, and is waiting to be addressed. Using these bees to help the shortages is a possible answer. Bees are very very important in pollination.

  • Mike

    I can hardly think of anything more painful than to watch your beloved pet get attacked and killed in this way. Those poor horses. I hope they figure out how to eradicate these things or find a way to keep them at bay or from spreading. It’s ghastly. Pythons in Florida, Bees in Texas, stomach viruses in the Midwest….it’s all coming to a boil I’m afraid.

    • thomas comis

      And it’s all due to mans’ interference with the natural growth of species.

  • http://none Sheryl

    I think the environmental dept and animal control should get together and use airplanes to load down poison for these bees…we don’t need them in the USA, or anywhere else. They are not honey bees…whose to say they wouldn’t destroy a regular bee, does anyone know this? these bees need to be destroyed, Immediately. Anything in that quantity that can kill that dangerously and determined in attack shold be destroyed. The public needs to have a town meeting and get this organized to do. It’s not a joke and if it were you or me , how fast would we be moving on it? Children are a high risk as well as adults here, and any animal that exists as far as I can see.

    • Benjamin

      Spraying for the bees is the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard. If they had a poison that only affected these particular bees they would have used it already. There is in fact a shortage of the American honey bee in this country, and its a major problem. If we did anything that could impact the already dwindling number our country would face famine. Millions of people starving to death is a potential reason why you wouldn’t want to just drop poisons to kill bees.

    • John

      As soon as the gov. starts dropping poison, they have no control where it will spread. Birds may eat the bees and die from the poison, the water table could be effected if to much is dropped in the rainy season. These bees have to be found and an expert in killer bees needs to come in and kill the hive. Don’t panic people with this kind of talk. Attacks are sad when death occurs, but to many people will kill the good honey bees because of panic. Pray to God to help in all things, that is why we have a God.

      • lou

        Again, the sheep waiting for the shepherd…
        really, you rely on the gov’t to take care of this? So its a republican vs democrat issue?
        dude, get away from the talking heads on tv… learn and be taught by people that know, not those that report their own personal (and their bosse’s) opinions.

        I am a Geologist. Let’s talk about water tables, etc…k?

    • md

      Actually they are honey bees.. African honey bees cross bred with “regular bees” and introduced to South America by man to help pollinate crops. They have since made their way north and can be a problem. Their sting is almost exactly the same as a regular honey bee, the problem is that they swarm when they are angry and do not let up… We cannot just poison them without effecting several other species.

    • Dale

      There has been concern, some time ago, about their ability to overtake our honey bee characteristics if mating takes place. If so, our farming and agriculture will suffer biblical issues.

      I would hope some agency is on this problem. Didn’t sound like any government agency made a statement or a “release” regarding the incident. The Ag Department, I would think, should have some concerns here.

      • Sara

        Africanized Honey bees (“killer bees”) are an artificial mix of two naturally occurring honey bees that were the result of an experiment to create a superior bee and inadvertently released (ah the dangers of bioengineering).

        They are interbreeding with other honey bees, and spreading through the country with extra help from the migratory pollination industry. Fortunately, for the most part the aggressive behavior is being genetically diluted. If a beekeeper has a particularly aggressive hive in their apiary, they can replace the queen and within a few weeks the population will be completely replaced with her, hopefully more docile, offspring. Of course this does not happen with wild hives, as I am assuming was the case with the one living in her shed. Fortunately for the phobics among us, (and unfortunately for the rest of us for oh so many reasons) the diseases out there kill off most hives that are not being tended to by a beekeeper (ie medicated) within a few years.

        Diligent beekeeping with re queening when necessary, natural genetic delusion, and the die off of wild colonies will probably eliminate this problem in a few years. If not, CCD (what is currently killing off 60-80% of colonies a year) will wipe out all honey bees within ten year. Then none of us will have to worry about killer bees while we slowly starve to death.

    • http://facebook anita

      We are losing a lot of our Honey bees, because a lot of people are spraying plants to get rid of bugs on them…

      • hollywoodnc

        Anita…
        You’re PARTIALLY right.
        Honey bees were dying off, because of a parasite attacking them, not primarily due to spraying.

      • noted

        Nasa is in the process of creating a pollination device

  • Jasper

    kill them b4 they kill you…..she saw these bees for a while….WHY WAIT…kill them …kill them alllllllllllll

    • Steve

      Well said. This is the lesson for all to learn from this incident.

  • Janice

    No matter where you live, if you notice a concentration of any kind of bees you should call your local agriculture people and ask them to investigate. This danger is real and if a person is allergic to stings, etc., it is life threatening. Also, fire ants should immediately be reported so that they can be destroyed. Don’t try and do this yourself. I can’t even imagine the horror of seeing your pets being attacked and you can do nothing to help them.

  • pbw

    I think “man” should stop trying to one-up God!

    • John

      Man has free will, but should be doing God’s will.

      • Steve

        Man does not have free will. All things are destined to occur, even your decisions. Life is a process and in the end there is peace and in the very end, the universe ceases to exist, and there is peace, nothing more than a process, a story that runs like a computer program. Even your statements and my statements were destined to occur.

        It is the destiny of mankind to “struggle” to follow God’s Will and the Bible tells us where we go wrong, it tells us what is, what exists. The Word spreads over time, and it has done so. Eventually it will have reached all of humanity. Other creatures already follow God’s Will, it is humans that are prone to straying from this natural physical ruleset and they tend to have to learn by their own demise or accept the Word that was put before us.

        • Vern

          Steve I hate to say this but you are a total Idiot

          • Steve

            You’ll come to realize the truth in time.

        • Patricia

          Steve, you are a blithering idiot. Your statements make no sense and yet you keep posting. WTF are you smoking?

    • Steve

      This story serves to teach us that we must take a proactive approach to self defense to protect our holy temples and our minds. In this case, killing these killer bees in advance would have been God’s Will in order to preserve our holy temples; because of this mistake, many were harmed and many readers saddened, yet educated by the incident, and in other words directed towards God’s Will for us to preserve our temples, in this case by handling the bees before they hunt you down and attempt to kill you. It is a matter of a bad order of operations on the part of a segment of mankind and a correction is learned from this story.

      • Steve

        In other words, the ignorance of these victims of the bees caused their plight, much like the ignorance of many of you causes you to lead a life of sin preceding your personal plights and, in some cases, complete demise.

        • Steve

          Enjoy the show.

  • http://yahoo pat

    These africanized bees always go for the face, particularly the eyes. If you ever find these aggressive bees chasing you-quickly get into a protected room or vehicle that the bees cannot enter. Water does not deter them- that’s a fairytale cartoon image- don’t do it. A protected enclosure- if nothing else is available zip yourself up in a very thick sleeping bag and close it tight, anything is better than being stung to death. If you have to run – cover your face and keep going-read up on other ways to survive.

  • D. Alan Curry

    Burn that shed. Cover it in a tarp and burn it down.

    buckeye

  • Robert Le H.

    People should be told you can kill those bee’s just by spraying soapy water on them, it clogs up their breathing tubes on their legs and they die fast. The other thing they can do is use a fire extinguisher the foam or chemical type they will die in flight!

  • just sayin’

    I’m struck by the bemoaning of the unfortunate deaths of some animals. The story is that the two PEOPLE survived, which sounds like a damn miracle. A farmer down south wasn’t so lucky a few weeks ago when his tractor hit a hive.

    • Steve

      People are not special. Quite the contrary, most have much to learn before they can even find a place in God’s Kingdom and many are struggling to find the truth for themselves, sometimes by their own demise, sometimes by finding the Word that was given to us.

      For you to glorify humanity is quite sinful and the definition of evil, defined as preventing others from obtaining good, in this case by spreading a lie that leads to pride, greed, and other sins of destruction.

      These bees cannot be changed, they must be exterminated off the planet as a scientific mistake. It is very easy to identify these bees because they travel in aggressive swarms unlike any other bees. Emphasis on swarms, emphasis on aggressive. Normal bees do not congregate in aerial swarms. If you see a bee swarm, it is likely a killer bee swarm.

      If you ever see a swarm of bees flying aggressively, be aware that these are a spawn of failed science in need of extermination, you’re dealing with a genetic experiment, a freak specimen, a monster that must be exterminated. Let that be clear.

      • LSB

        Steve, you’re correct that it was a genetic experiment – but not one that is a freak specimen. Those bees exist in nature in Africa, and they were transported to the western hemisphere hoping to cross-breed with honeybees here to improve their temperament, which was the experiment. It didn’t work, and a queen escaped, which was the part of the experiment gone awry. Let THAT be clear. Learn before you comment.

        The Africanised honey bees in the Western Hemisphere are of mixed descent from 26 Tanganyikan queen bees of A. m. scutellata, accidentally released by a replacement bee-keeper in 1957 near Rio Claro, São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil, from hives operated by biologist Warwick E. Kerr, who had interbred honey bees from Europe and southern Africa. Hives containing these particular queens were noted to be especially defensive. Kerr was attempting to breed a strain of bees that would produce more honey and be better adapted to tropical conditions (i.e., more productive) than the European subspecies of honey bee used in South America and southern North America. The hives the bees were released from had special excluder grates to prevent the larger queen bees and drones from getting out and mating with local queens and drones of European descent. However, following the accidental release, the African queens and drones mated with domesticated local non-African queens and drones, and their descendants have since spread throughout the Americas.

        As to bees, here is the site to LEARN about them from the USDA: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=11059&page=1

      • Craig

        Steve,

        Your opinions should be kept to your own ignorant self.

        Africanized bees hybridized NATURALLY, so if anyone has made a mistake, it’s your god. Man had little to do with it other than make efforts to control Africanized colonies.

        And you’re using swarming behavior to distinguish between normal honeybees and africanized colonies? Guess what – normal honeybees DO swarm! It’s a natural reaction to overpopulation within a hive during which time they gather in a temporary location until a new hive site is located. They’re actually rather docile at this time.

        If honeybees disappear, so do we. Food production will crash due to lack of pollinators. People who think like you are the monsters that require elimination.

    • thomas comis

      what’s so surprising? people have much love & respect for animals. they don’t look at them only as tools for mans’ use.

  • anne

    Glad the couple survived; it’s very sad they lost their animals.

  • Vicki

    It is not only bees that pollenate other insects also do it. If it comes down to it the farmer will have to hire workers to pollenate by hand. The hives must be located, then foam or soapy water but be forced into the hive to kill them off.

    • nunya biz

      do you have ANY clue what it takes to hand-pollinate a plant? and try that on ACRES of plants. stupid remark.if pollinators dies,we will simply starve.

  • http://yahoo sharen

    Although it is so sad that people and animals were attacked , we need bees to grow food of all kinds. We have to have them, it is so important to understand their worth no matter what goes on, a necessary evil is hard to swallow. But swallow we must to live here on earth. But can anyone tell me, can we out run these up to or past 100 ft. , are these different than other bees.???????

    • k

      They are killer bees not honey bees!!!

    • W. Mora

      What makes Killer Bees different is they are a mix of the African Honey Bees and the American Honey Bee. This made them EXTREMELY territorial and they will chase anything down for about 200 to 300 feet away from the nest. They are also known by the name Africanized bees. They have been know to actually take over a honey bees nest and establish their own queen after killing the European.

      • Ken

        Correction: They are a hybrid of the African bee and the European honey bee.

    • john klimas

      I read an article a few years back, that stated in an experiment, that American Honeybees will pursue from 100ft to 100 yards with the numbers dwindling proportionately…Africanized Bees will pursue 100 ft. to 1000 YARDS or 10 times as far !!,,FACT !…This Story Is A True Tradgedy, Sorry For All Involved, Human AND Animals !

  • jane

    Normal honey bees do not attack. Wasps and hornets will. Could be something else, too.

    • p j

      killer bees not honey bees..there is a difference!!

  • hollywoodnc

    Sad story indeed. I love Shetland ponies!

    There is a particular fly that can kill red ants. It was being experimented in Texas years ago.
    If they can find a ‘Natural Predator’ to attack these aggressive bees, that would be great.
    OR
    Mankind would have to step in and remove the queen and kill them to prevent any further development of this nasty species.
    An almost impossible task.

  • thomas comis

    It was discovered years ago that the killer bees were migrating north from South America.There needs to be some defense or agent implemented immediately to stop these bees. What is the Gov waiting for, the 30,000 to grow to 30,000,000? TCB!

    • chaz

      their bee’s. What u wanna check their green card when they cross or something ?

      • Yorkis

        We must secure the borders!

        • dolores

          FROM BEES OR PEOPLE, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY ?

  • http://webpronews.com seabiscut

    Well I’ll Bee dern..

    • Lucy Heft

      That is frightening . Texas is a nice state but to many insects for me. YIKES

  • http://www.firstnamefelixubani@yahoo.com ubani felix

    there is little one can do to natural disasters like this, eg volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, hurricane,storms, land slides etc

  • Yodatu

    Such a very tragic story with a terrible end. I can imagine those poor people watching their beloved pets and horses being stung to death. If you read these posts…may the RIP and I pray you can get on with your lives without seeing the scene over and over again in your heads.

  • Jon R

    This almost happened to me last week. I was at a Wal-Mart in Mocksville, NC and was headed back to my car. I have keyless entry but the battery must be dying because it took 4 tries before it unlocked. The second, and I mean the second I shut the door after I got in, I looked up and saw a cloud of what looked like honey bees brush up against my windshield. At first I thought it was seed pods floating in the wind but as I looked closer…bees. I could hear them tapping against the windshield as they hit it. As they continued on, I turned around and watched the cloud of bees float through the parking lot and eventually disappear. There must have been around 300-400 bees. I don’t know what could have happened if I didn’t get into my car when I did. Would they have stung me? Or turned another direction? Then I read this article and thought what if they were after me???

    • dolores

      THAT MUST HAVE BEEN HAVE VERY SCAREY,

  • ron

    nothing good ever comes out of africa

    • dolores

      WHAT DO MEAN NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF AFRICA? OR ARE YOU JUST BEING NASTY ?

      • jane

        hes obviously a racist so you should expect that kind of thing

  • http://webpronews.com Katherine McDermott

    I think once a ‘Killer bee’ nest has been located it should be destroyed. This will eliminate THEIR population explosion and perhaps the local honey bees will recover their own swarms again. I believe our Environmentalist should really get a handle on this.