The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday that the swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African Penguins on a beach outside Cape Town. David Roberts, a clinical Veterinarian said that after the test they found bee stings around the penguin’s eyes.
The veterinarian said that this is a very rare occurrence. They do not expect it to happen often. He also added that they found dead bees in that area.The protected birds on Friday were from a colony at Simonstown, a small town near Cape Town. The area is a national park and the Cape honey bees are part of the ecosystem.
SANCCOB’s initial post-mortem analysis found the Penguins had no external physical injuries, but multiple bee stings were found in all the carcasses. The Cape honey bees which are a subspecies of western honey bees are part of the same ecosystem and are not officially classified as threatened. Many factors such as diminishing food, pests, diseases and a growing threat from pesticides and insecticides pose a risk to them.
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