Penguins Killed by Bees


In a rare event, 63 endangered African penguins from a colony in Simonstown near Cape Town in Africa were killed by a swarm of honey bees. The birds were found dead on the shore with multiple bee stings but no other physical injuries. This is the first time that an attack of this kind has taken place in the area.

According to conservationists, bees do not sting unless they are provoked. Investigators are assuming that a nest or hive in the area must have been disturbed to cause such a mass attack. Post-mortem results found that the birds were stung around their eyes and flippers, the parts that are not covered by feathers. Honeybees die after they sting and a number of dead bees were also found at the scene.

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