A 70-year-old man was killed by a swarm of 60,000 bees that attacked him while he was mowing his lawn in the US state of Texas.
Thomas Hicks, 70, was doing some gardening on Monday when he became overwhelmed by a huge cloud of ‘very aggressive’ bees that stung him multiple times. The severe stings sent his body into cardiac arrest, ultimately killing Thomas, in his yard near Hubbard Creek Lake in Stephens County, Texas.
Hife wife, Zoni, was hospitalized after also being severely stung when she tried to help her husband escape the swarm. Despite her efforts, Thomas died at home shortly after the attack.
BigCountryHomepage reports that Thomas was mowing his lawn in the afternoon and it may have been the noise from the machine that triggered the bee swarm to attack.
Speaking to the outlet, Zoni said she went to go grocery shopping prior to the bee attack and warned her husband about the danger the bees might pose.
‘I said honey please don’t go back in the back area, because those bees are back there, and he said “I won’t, I promise”‘, Zoni said.
When she returned home, she found her husband jumping around and screaming in the garden, covered in bees.
Zoni added: ‘I mean you couldn’t even see his back and his whole head he was just covered in killer bees.’
Zoni then said she called 911 and began to perform CPR on Thomas before emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
When the firefighters arrived, along with police, they were ‘met with very aggressive bee activity,’ according to a Facebook post by the Breckenridge Fire Department.
According to the post, one person, referring to Thomas, had already been severely stung by the time emergency responders arrived, going into cardiac arrest.
Medics and firefighters had to fight through a swarm of bees when entering the home to reach the victim, officials said.
One firefighter, meanwhile, reportedly took off their protective gear and gave it Zoni to protect her from the bees.
She was then transported to a hospital for treatment on her bee sting injuries and was able to return home the following morning.
Joey Venekamp, a local beekeeper, then offered to remove the hive and said it contained around 60,000 bees.
He told BigCountryHomepage: ‘Once one of them stings it’s going to let off a pheromone and that’s like a red flag to the other one, best thing to do is take cover.
‘This particular hive yesterday had about it had about 4 or 5 queen cells in there.’
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