A 71-year-old California woman was stung more than 1,000 times after a swarm of killer bees attacked her on Thursday.
The woman was covered head-to-toe in Africanized honey bees when emergency workers arrived at her Palm Desert home. Five fire fighters were hurt as they removed the bees and helped her into the ambulance.
Authorities called local company Killer Bee Inc. to clear the 75,000 bees, which lived in a Verizon cable box. Killer Bee owner Lance Davis noted that because the woman stepped within a 90-yard radius of the hive, the bees attacked.
“We do these jobs all the time,” Davis said. “Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get these guys angry.”
The veteran beekeeper, who some call a bee whisperer, removed the bees and brought them to his own hives where the bees will produce honey.
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she is recovering from serious injuries. Two firefighters were treated on the scene, but three were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.