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September 15, 2011

Bees Swarm in AZ, Kill 1,000-Pound Hog

By David Maccar

What’s the best way to down a 1,000-pound hog? Apparently a swarm of bees can handle it, no problem.

From this story on USAToday:
Killer bees attacked several farm animals at an Arizona animal farm, killing a 1,000-pound hog, Tucson's KOLD News 13 reports.

Freelance videographer Al Signori provided KOLD News 13 with some footage of the attack, saying it was one of the worst bee attacks he has ever filmed, the station says. Signori was with "The Bee Killer," Reed Booth, responding to the call of a huge hive found in an outbuilding of the farm in Bisbee, KOLD says. Booth says the hive weighed about 200 pounds and was home to more than 250,000 Africanized killer bees.


The video showed a big swarm of bees buzzing around a hog and stinging it. Farm owner Jane Hewitt was stung several times on her face and arms when she tried to save the animals, the station says.

"I jumped into a car, but the passenger side window was down, and they came in a black cloud towards me," she tells KOLD. Hewitt says at least three bees went into her ears, and one got stuck between her glasses.

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from MJC wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Yikes! Leave that to the professionals indeed.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I think I'd rather face Bigfoot.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I saw that on Fox news this evening. The people said they thought their lives were in fear of being killed too. That is alot of bees. What would a person do if they stumbled into something in the woods by mistake before they saw it ?

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Forget trying to move a hive like that...I would burn it.
And then i'd run for cover!

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Thats relly bites, and thats is alot of bees I cant even amagine moving that thing. I agree burn it and run.

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I would have just burned it down.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I was hiking just north of Tucson (Oro Valley) in May and came across the biggest hive I've ever seen by far in a little cave next to a wash. I wasn't any closer than 30 yards away and wasn't about to take another step. I heard somewhere that pretty much all honey bees in AZ are now africanized. Sure did give me the shivers being that close to so many!

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from MJC wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Yikes! Leave that to the professionals indeed.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I think I'd rather face Bigfoot.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I saw that on Fox news this evening. The people said they thought their lives were in fear of being killed too. That is alot of bees. What would a person do if they stumbled into something in the woods by mistake before they saw it ?

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Forget trying to move a hive like that...I would burn it.
And then i'd run for cover!

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Thats relly bites, and thats is alot of bees I cant even amagine moving that thing. I agree burn it and run.

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I would have just burned it down.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I was hiking just north of Tucson (Oro Valley) in May and came across the biggest hive I've ever seen by far in a little cave next to a wash. I wasn't any closer than 30 yards away and wasn't about to take another step. I heard somewhere that pretty much all honey bees in AZ are now africanized. Sure did give me the shivers being that close to so many!

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