More than 60 penguins were killed by a swarm of bees on a beach in near Cape Town, South Africa.
On Friday 63 of the endangered birds were found dead in Simon’s Town and were later taken to the cause of death, according to a press release from the South African National Parks.
The result of the autopsy found none of the penguins had external physical injuries, except for multiple bee stings. Preliminary Investigations found Cape honeybees are the culprit as many of they were found dead On the website.
“Usually, penguins and bees coexist,” says Dr Alison Kock, a marine biologist with South Africa’s national parks agency, told the BBC.
“The bees don’t sting unless provoked – we’re at work” on the assumption that a nest of beehive in the area used to be disturbed and caused a crowd of bees to flee the nest swarmed and became aggressive,” she said.
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Samples of the penguins have been sent for disease and toxicology testing, according to a statement from the South African National Parks.
African penguins are an endangered species after gaining momentum population decline due to food shortages, commercial fishing and climate change, according to the International Union for Conservative of Nature.
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