We're all used to seeing a few more bees as the summer months arrive, but one unlucky pup had a narrow escape when more than 150 Africanized honey bees escaped from a neighbor’s backyard and swarmed around her.
Seven-month old Elli, from La Habra Heights, California, was playing outside when the swarm attacked.
"There were just hundreds and hundreds of them just swarming around," remembered Chad, Elli's pet parent. Despite his best efforts, Chad was overcome by the bees and unable to reach Elli to remove her from the yard. "They just kept attacking and attacking, even when I was down the street."
Eventually, the family's neighbor was able to cover himself up enough to wade into the swarm and rescue Elli, but by then her eyes were swollen shut. Elli was rushed to a local veterinarian's practice, where they removed 155 individual stingers from the poor pup's body.
"What they said was that her kidneys started to fail, and they stung her – as you see – in [her] eyes, and her eyes were pretty much swollen shut," said Chad.
The family was unaware that their neighbor kept bees, and was concerned that it had received no warning of their activity. A local beekeeping expert explained that the swarm was likely Africanized honey bees, identifiable by their aggressive nature. Africanized honey bees are illegal in La Habra Heights, though it's unknown whether the neighbor will face charges.
"Had there been little kids back there, it could have been much worse. I mean we love her like a member of the family," Chad's stepfather added.
Luckily, Elli is now out of hospital, and resting at home. "I'm happy that she's out alive. She's doing better and doing well. That's all I care about," Chad said.
We wish you a speedy recovery, Elli, and hope that you're soon enjoying your backyard again.
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