Health Editor’s Note: Yet again, proof some humans are too stupid/evil to live…..Carol
10,000 Rare Bees Feared Dead After Attack at U.K. Castle
by Brigit Katz/Smithsonianmag.com
In July of last year, black beehives were introduced to Wisbech Castle in England, as part of an effort to conserve the rare critters. Now, thousands of the castle’s bees are feared dead, following an inexplicable attack by two intruders.
According to the BBC, CCTV footage from the early morning hours of January 8 shows the suspects breaking onto the grounds of Wisbech Castle, which is believed to have first been built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century; the structure that stands today dates back to the late 1700s. The intruders lifted the lids off the hives, kicked them, and then attacked the bees inside with sticks.
Though they aren’t rendered completely dormant by cold weather, honey bees enter into a reduced state of activity once winter hits, forming clusters inside their hives to stay warm. The buzzing insects would have been “helpless to defend themselves” from the attack, writes Colin Drury of the Independent. Castle staff members aren’t entirely sure of the extent of the damage—they won’t be able to check properly until March, because further exposure to cold air could kill any surviving bees—but they estimate as many as 10,000 bees might have died.