Bees chase car for 2 days to rescue queen
These bees are ferocious and on a mission to rescue their queen from a metal fortress.
The swarm of bees, for two days, followed their queen bee trapped inside a Mitsubishi Outlander, reports CNN.
It surely does make for a buzzing story!
The Outlander belongs to Carol Howarth, a 68-year-old grandmother, who had no idea she'd picked up a tiny winged passenger when she visited a nature reserve, reports CNN.
Later, when she stopped to go shopping in Haverfordwest, West Wales, the bees descended - thousands and thousands of them.
According to CNN, luckily, Tom Moses, who works as a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger, was driving by when he happened upon the raid.
"Driving through town noticed this going on outside the Lower Three Crowns and couldn't resist getting involved!" he wrote in a pun-filled post on his Facebook page.
He was worried someone might do something "stupid."
Bees are already dying from habitat loss and terrible farming practices, like pesticide use, he figured. The last thing you want is someone to pour boiling water on them to shoo them away from a car, reports CNN.
So, he called in reinforcements -- the intrepid folks at the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association
They gingerly nudged the bees into a box. Not so gingerly though. There were several stinging incidents like the "drunk bloke from pub went and swept a load of bees off car with hand looking for queen, got stung loads pfffft..."
You'd think that would be the end of the story, but you'd be wrong.
The next morning, Howarth found the bees were back, she told The Telegraph.
So once again, out came the beekeepers.
By 6:00 pm, her Outlander was free of the bees. (No word though on what happened to the queen).
Moses says members of colonies often follow their queen bee if she moves hives.
And queens move hives if the hives are disturbed -- say, by humans. Or by the arrival of another queen bee, reports CNN.
He speculates the shiny warm Mitsubishi might have seemed like a good option for a new home.