30,000 Killer Bees Attack Couple, Kill Horses
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.”