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Man killed by swarm of ‘aggressive’ bees while he was mowing his lawn
May 1, 2021
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A man died in his own back garden after he was attacked by a vicious swarm of bees.
The 70-year-old man, who lives in Breckenridge, Texas, the US, was mowing his lawn when he was attacked by a swarm of honey bees.
Local beekeeper Bobby Chaisson said the bees were the "Africanised honey bee" who are a "whole different ballgame" in the way they "behave."
He said the bees will often get "defensive" and attack, which the Breckenridge Fire Department said is what happened to the elderly man.
In a Facebook post, the BFD said they arrived on the scene alongside the sheriff’s department to "very aggressive bee activity."
A firefighter reportedly entered the home and saved the man’s wife from the insects by removing his own protective gear and placing it on her.
He then guided her out of the home safely where she was met by medical staff who took her to the hospital for treatment.
The man is understood to have gone into cardiac arrest after he was severely stung.
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Writing on Facebook, the fire department said: "AMR did everything they could to make this a positive outcome but multiple issues turned this into a tragedy with one person not surviving the attack.
"When all patients were removed from the scene, Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters went door to door and advised people not to use outside noise-making equipment until bees could hive back up and calm down."
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Bobby Chaisson, operations director at Georgia Bee Removal, told CNN: "Africanized [honey bee] colony is a whole different ballgame and the way they are managed and behave,” Chaisson said.
"Especially when you are dealing with that species of honeybee, absolutely, the vibration of a lawnmower, the vibration of a weed eater, kids banging or stomping around close by – they will get defensive."