Last week I was stung three times by a wasp and complained about the pain until I read a horrible article the next day. Reminding me of Hitchcock’s The Bird’s, a swarm of about 30,000 bees attacked a North Texas couple while they exercised their miniature horses.
For the past few weeks, Texan Kristen Beauregard had noticed bees near her home and tried to get rid of them.The bees were spotted near a shed in the backyard, but she had no idea of the danger that was buzzing inside. Beauregard ended up being stung about 200 times, and her boyfriend 50 times, but their tiny horses were so covered in bees that only one could be saved.
“They were chasing us down, they were following us,”Beauregard said of the incident Wednesday evening. “We swept up piles and piles of them … it was like a bad movie.”
The bees are currently being tested to see whether they are Africanized or “killer” bees. Biologist Warwick E. Kerr in Brazil in 1957 created the bees and an accidental release was done by one of his in-training lab assistants.
While Beauregard was exercising her Shetland pony, he began to jump and kick. That was the exact moment when a cloud of bees began to sting them all over. Trying to flee the bees she jumped into the pool and the horse followed.
“It got all dark, like it was nighttime 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.”
She managed to escape to the house, and her boyfriend called 911. The bees chased her, crashing into the windows of the house and her horse ran through the yard, rubbing against bushes in an attempt to wipe off the bees. The 911 firefighters arrived with special gear and a foam substance and managed to clear the bees. They were able to drag the horses to a pasture where police and paramedics tried to treat them.
One of her 6 show horses died before the veterinarian arrived, and the other was sedated and taken to equine veterinarian clinic.The bees also killed five hens, and stung the couple’s dog.
“He was so overwhelmed by bites that his body could not handle it,” Tersteeg said. “That’s way too much for any 250-pound mammal to survive.”
Too late now, but they should have left the hive alone, as when disturbed by a perceived threat, probably the vibration of the ponies, that alerted the rest of the hive.
Bees are being killed in the thousands by pesticides every year and the media gives it minimal if any coverage. Thank the chemical industry for mass producing poisons that harm not only insects like bees but us as well. They say when you wipe out an entire species, the ripple effect causes disasters further down the food chain. Climate change, pollution, chemicals are altering everything around us in a bad way but as long as a buck is made who cares right?
The Africanized bees are notorious for covering people and animals when disturbed, following pheromones released as some of the bees are injured. They were not found in Georgia until late 2010, but Texans have been fighting them for more than 20 years. According to Mayan tradition, the last world ended when the animals and the technology turned on the people. If this is the end of this world, it makes some kind of ironic sense that it all begins in Texas.