Endangered Penguins Slaughtered by Bees

Endangered Penguins Slaughtered by Bees

Mariafernanda Soto, Editor

African endangered penguins have been murdered by a big swarm of bees between September 17 and 19. Dr. Alison Kock believes it was because someone disturbed a hive nearby and while the bees were getting away they encountered the penguins and attacked them. She also said that this was a quite unusual case since bees and penguins usually coexist. 

This happened in Simonstown at Boulder Beach, in South Africa. These beautiful creatures had over 20 bee stings in their bodies and many around their eyes. There were a total of 63 penguins that were found dead and badly stung, this is a colony of about 3000 penguins that many tourists go and visit every year. “African penguins are on the red list of threatened species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The penguin population has declined by 73% in the past 30 years.” said by Sophia Ankel in a Yahoo! article. Since this species is endangered, scientists are asking residents that live nearby to stop keeping honey bees nests in their backyards and to not disturb them so awful things like this do not happen. 

“Once a honeybee has stung something, it leaves a pheromone behind so that the target is easily located by other honeybees defending the nest,” said Jenny Cullinan of the African Wild Bee Institute, which is asking nearby residents to stop keeping beehives in their gardens.” People should learn to take care of endangered penguins all the time or other types of animals. This is quite sad because penguins are such beautiful and peaceful creatures that do not really attack.