Notre Dame Bee Hives Survive Fire

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Honey Bees on Notre-Dame’s Roof Survived the Fire

By Brigit Katz Smithsonian.com

In the wake of the devastating fire that tore through Notre-Dame, French officials have been taking stock of the damage, trying to determine which of the cathedral’s precious objects survived. Late last week, some happy news emerged: at least some of the 180,000 honey bees kept in wooden boxes atop Notre-Dame’s roof appear unscathed.

Nicolas Geant, the cathedral’s beekeeper, tells CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne and Gianluca Mezzofiore that the three hives are located on a roof above the sacristy—around 100 feet below the main roof, which sustained extensive damage during the fire. Last Tuesday, Geant announced on Instagram that “the 3 beehives are still in place and seem to be intact,” per a translation by Vice’s Sarah Emerson. But there was still reason to be concerned about the buzzing critters, since high temperatures from the nearby flames posed a possible risk.

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