a swarm of bees killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, Southern Africa Foundation for preservation of Coastal birds said.
The protected birds were found dead in Simon’s Town, a small city in near Cape Town home to a colony of penguins, and taken for post-mortem.
“After testing, we have found bee stings around the penguins eyes,” said the foundation’s David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian, on Sunday.
“This is a very rare event. We don’t expect it to happen often, it’s a fluke.
“There were also dead bees on the scene,” he told AFP by phone.
The area is a national park and the Cape honeybees are part of the ecosystem.
“The penguins… may not die just like that as they are already in danger of become extinct. They are a protected species,” says Roberts.
South African National Parks Said monsters had also is sent for disease and toxicological research.
“There were no external physical injuries found on each of the birds,” a statement from the park said.
The autopsy showed that all the penguins had multiple bee stings.
african penguins, die inhabiting the coast and islands of southern Africa, are on the International Union for Preservation of nature is red list, meaning they face a high risk of become extinct.
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