Woman Gets Followed Home By Bees

In Wales, a swarm of nearly 20,000 bees chased a car for two entire days after the queen of the hive was accidentally trapped inside the car.

65-year-old Carol Howarth parked her car to go shopping in the town center of Haverfordwest on May 22.

Her car was swarmed by thousands of bees, shocking many onlookers. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Ranger Tom Moses contacted the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers' Association to assist with the situation.

The ranger said:

"I had seen swarms before settle on things like this but never one as large as this. It was quite a thing to see -- certainly a 'wow' moment.

I was really worried that someone could get hurt by them or that someone might damage them in their bid to clear the car so I stopped to help out.

It is fair to say I had a sting in the tale -- I was stung to my head, neck and the back of my ears. But I took some antihistamines and they are not too bad now."

By the time Carol returned to her car, it was like nothing had happened. The following morning, however, the swarm of bees had followed her home and covered her car once again.

The ranger again contacted the beekeeper who removed them for good.

Beekeeper Roger Burns said:

"It is possible the queen had been attracted to something in the car -- perhaps a sweet or food in the car.

The swarm of around 20,000 had followed her and were sat around on the [trunk] of the car.

I brought over a cardboard box and carefully brushed them into there as quickly as possible as I was aware it was a big swarm in the middle of the high street.

I got about 15 or 20 stings for my trouble. I then left the cardboard box on the roof while we waited for the last few hundred bees to leave the [trunk] but then a gust of wind blew it off and the queen may have fled back to the [trunk] again."

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