PALM DESERT, Calif., March 10 (UPI) -- A swarm of killer bees, 75,000 strong, blanketed a 71-year-old woman sitting in her car, stinging her more than 1,000 times. Miraculously, the elderly telecommunications worker survived.
She and five firefighters were taken to the hospital to be treated for the bee stings in the aftermath of the incident last week.
The massive swarm of Afrikanized honey bees -- a much more aggressive relative to the usually docile European honeybee -- ascended angrily from their nest in an underground Verizon cable box.
“When you get on scene and see an adult, fully encapsulated with bees, it’s a very rare case,” chief firefighter Mark Williams told the local CBS affiliate.
"They just went into her car and attacked her," local bee removal expert Lance Davis, who was called to the scene to assist, told Palm Desert Patch. "They were mad."
Davis helped round up the bees without being stung. He said he plans to take the bees to his farms in Thermal, Coachella and Oasis, where he manages some 300 hives, making honey that's sweeter than what normal honeybees produce.
Afrikanized bees, or killer bees, are known to be extra protective of their nests, and are willing to attack anything they perceive as a threat.
"We do these jobs all the time, where someone has gotten the bees all excited," Davis said. "Sometimes it doesn't take much to get these guys angry."
[Palm Desert Patch] [CBS Los Angeles]