It was a lovely day on the farm of 44-year-old Kristen Beauregard and her boyfriend. Kristen was outside with their two Shetland ponies, getting Chip the horse some much-needed exercise. She’d seen a lot of bees near their home, but it was nothing to be too worried about, until it turned out to be something to definitely worry about. While exercising Chip, the horse started to buck and jump. That’s when Beauregard noticed the dark cloud approaching. A Texas farm was besieged by 30,000 angry bees, killing animals and forcing a couple to call 911 in fear for their lives.
“They were chasing us down, they were following us,” said Kristen Beauregard of her bee attack incident. “We swept up piles and piles of them … it was like a bad movie.” She added, “It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees. We were trying stand up in the water but every time we stuck our heads out for air, they would cover us and start stinging us. We were trying to breathe and they were stinging us in the face and in the nose.”
Their two Shetland ponies, Chip and Trump, weren’t so lucky. Chip, a show horse, died at the scene; Trump succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to the veterinarian. Five of the couple’s hens were also killed, and their dog was stung. The humans were a bit luckier, but not by much. Beauregard was bitten 200 times, and her boyfriend stung another 50. The bees are currently being tested to determine if they are standard honey bees or if they are Africanized killer bees.
Image: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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