Dozens of Endangered African Penguins Killed by Bee Stings

Dozens of Endangered African Penguins Killed by Bee Stings

 

The internet exploded, scientists were left clueless, and penguins were left dead. Out of nowhere, a hive of disturbed bees planned a massacre of 63 endangered penguins on the coast of South Africa.

On approximately the 16th of September, 2021, a colony of African Penguins were in their natural habitat along Boulders Beach in Southern Africa. A nearby hive of cape bees were aggravated by an unknown source, says SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds). The bees stormed through the colony of endangered penguins stinging as they went. Dr. Katta Ludynia confirms that 63 African Penguins were stung multiple times each, targeted around sensitive areas such as eyes and flippers. As a result, they passed away.

Coastal zoologists found these dead penguins and bees when checking on them. South African bird conservation scientists were keeping these penguins by Cape Town to test them for diseases. The local rangers and biologists continue to investigate the event and monitor penguin behavior, according to Treehugger.com.

 The weirdest thing is that the Cape bee subspecies never commit mass killings like this. There have been reports of singular stings on penguins, but otherwise, this behavior is very rare. Dr. Alison Kock states that these two species almost never interact in violence. Sadly, there are only 140,000 and Earthday.org says they might go extinct by 2026 if we aren’t careful. They usually die of commercial fisheries and shifts in prey populations, but definitely not bees.