Killer Bees Attack Texas Couple Killing Their Horses

Pantego, TX – in this small town of roughly 2,400 residents which is part of metropolitan Dallas-Fort Worth, a couple were attacked by killer bees as they were giving their Shetland ponies a workout this past Saturday.

The couple were fortunate to survive the onslaught of 30,000 bees, but still suffered multiple stings.

The female, 44-year-old Kristen Beauregard is reported to have been stung in excess of 200 times.

“They were chasing us down, they were following us,” Beauregard said of the incident Wednesday evening. “We swept up piles and piles of them … it was like a bad movie.”

Her boyfriend escaped with fewer bites which still numbered at least 50. As for the horses, they were completely covered in bees so much so that they radiated sunlight from the insects.

Both horses succumbed to the countless stings they suffered. Their names were Trump and Chip.

The account of the incident is horrifying.

As the couple rode the horses, one of the ponies began kicking at which time the bees swarmed out of their hive. Beauregard hopped into the pool to avoid the bees and said the sky blackened from the sheer number of bees. Whenever she would rise out of the pool for air, the bees would sting her face and nose. Her boyfriend was able to make it back to the house and call 911 for assistance.

“It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees,” she told the newspaper. “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.”

Chip, a 6-year-old show horse, died before a veterinarian arrived. Trump was sedated and taken to equine veterinarian Patricia Tersteeg’s clinic.

“He was so overwhelmed by bites that his body could not handle it,” Tersteeg said. “That’s way too much for any 250-pound mammal to survive.”

Last month, Killer bees were implicated in the tragic death of a Central Texas farmer who accidentally upset a hive of the insects.

According to the Huff Post, Larry Goodwin, who had just celebrated his 62nd birthday, disturbed the bees while consolidating brush in Moody, Texas, according to local NBC affiliate KCEN.

The year-old hive contained about 40,000 killer bees (also known as Africanized bees), according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. Onlookers who tried to help Goodwin were also attacked, as were some members of the Moody Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the 911 calls.

“You can’t believe how bad they are. They make me want to get out of this business,” said Allen Miller, owner of Bees Be Gone, who later removed the hive. “They can get up under your clothes where no other insect can go. In a hive of ordinary European bees, about 10 percent will attack if the hive is threatened, but with African bees, all of them attack you.”

There have been multiple attacks attributed to killer bees recently. For example, a swarm attacked a Florida man and his dog in April. The pet did not survive.

According to Wikipedia, the sting of the African Honey bee is no more harmful than a normal bee:

The sting of the Africanized Honey Bee is no more potent than another variety of honey bee, and they have a similar appearance. What makes Africanized honey bees more dangerous is that they are more easily provoked, quicker to swarm, attack in greater numbers, and pursue their victims for greater distances. An Africanized bee colony can remain agitated longer and may attack up to a quarter of a mile away from the hive.

Check out the video below of how fierce the killers bees can be.

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Thousands of bees attack Texas couple, kill horses
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