A swarm of honey bees had killed 63 endangered penguins in South Africa by stinging them in the EYES

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A swarm of honey bees has killed 63 endangered penguins in South Africa by stinging them in the EYES

  • Carcasses of the penguins had been discovered in Simon’s Town 25 miles from Cape Town 
  • The useless penguins had been from the native Boulders African penguin colony
  • Experts say the penguins had been discovered with no bodily accidents, however many stings
  • Investigators additionally discovered many useless bees in the space, they stated in a press release 

By Chris Jewers For Mailonline

Published: (*63*) 05:05 EDT, 20 September 2021 | Updated:

A swarm of honey bees is believed to have killed 63 endangered penguins in South Africa by stinging them in their eyes, a preliminary investigation has discovered.

Government officers and a nonprofit organisation stated the penguins had been discovered in  Simon’s Town round 25 miles from Cape Town metropolis on Friday morning.

The carcasses of the African penguins had been discovered inside the Boulders African penguin colony in response to a press release by government-run South African National Parks (SANParks).

A swarm of honey bees is believed to have killed 63 endangered penguins from South Africa’s Boulders African penguin colony (pictured, file picture) by stinging them in their eyes, a preliminary investigation has discovered

Officials have stated they think the penguins died from a number of bee stings someday between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

A selection of specialists – together with veterinarians from the SANParks Cape Town department and penguin specialists from the nonprofit Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) are wanting into the trigger of loss of life.

‘After checks, we discovered bee stings round the penguins’ eyes,’ stated SANCCOB’s David Roberts, a scientific veterinarian. 

‘This is a really uncommon prevalence. We don’t anticipate it to occur typically, it is a fluke. There had been additionally useless bees on the scene,’ he stated on Sunday. 

The our bodies of the penguins had been transported to SANCCOB for additional evaluation, with the specialists taking organic samples that had been despatched for illness and toxicology testing.

SANCCOB’s preliminary autopsy evaluation discovered the penguins had no exterior bodily accidents, however a number of bee stings had been discovered in all the carcasses.

Investigators additionally discovered many useless bees at the facet the place the birds had been discovered useless, officers stated. Another useless penguin carcass, additionally with a number of bee stings, was discovered on Fish Hoek seashore, discovered round 4 miles north of Simon’s Town.

‘Preliminary investigations counsel that the penguins died as a result of of being stung by a swarm of Cape honey bees,’ SANParks officers stated in a press release.

It has not but been defined by officers why the bees could have stung the penguins, that are a extremely threatened species with a excessive danger of extinction.

The birds are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s crimson listing. 

‘The penguins … should not die identical to that as they’re already in hazard of extinction. They are a protected species,’ Roberts stated.

Pictured: The African penguin colony at t Boulder Beach in Simon’s Town close to Cape Town, South Africa

Pictured: A assertion from the government-run South African National Parks (SANParks)

Meanwhile, the Cape honey bees – a subspecies of western honey bees – are half of the similar ecosystem and should not formally labeled as threatened.

However, a quantity of elements equivalent to diminishing meals, pests, illnesses and a rising menace from pesticides and pesticides pose a danger to them. 

‘We are grateful to all our conservation companions, particularly SANCCOB and the City of Cape Town, for helping us in investigating this uncommon occasion,’ Alison Kock, a SANParks marine biologist, stated on Saturday in a press release.  

‘No extra useless African penguins had been discovered on website in the present day, and we are going to proceed to observe the state of affairs.’

Officials famous that samples taken from the fowl carcasses had been being examined for different toxicity potentialities and illnesses to rule out different doable causes of loss of life.

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