Truck Spills Five Million Bees Onto Road In Canada

Beekeepers rescuing bees on the side of the road
Beekeepers rescuing bees on the side of the road

Unlike wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets, honey bees are usually pretty great. If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. Also, they make honey, which is delicious. Oh, and don’t forget the whole pollination thing, which is kind of a big deal. Our planet would definitely be better off with more honey bees. But as much as we love our buzzing little friends in small doses, running into millions of angry bees that just fell off a truck sounds like the stuff of nightmares.

The BBC reports that on Wednesday, the straps holding hives full of five million bees came loose while the truck they were on was driving through Burlington, Ontario. That’s a lot of bees to drop in a single location. Arguably, it’s too many bees. Burlington police then had to call in beekeepers to rescue the bees, but even in full beekeeping suits, there were reportedly so many bees, that even they were nervous.

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“Lesson learned. Everybody survived and a few bees were hurt,” Barber told the BBC. “Hopefully the hives will survive the winter.”

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