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  • Swarm of bees stings the eyes of penguins in Cape town
  • 60 penguins died from the attack
  • The penguins are gradually becoming extinct, according to experts
Closeup of penguin's eye after bee stings

Penguins are flightless black and white birds that can be found in the southern hemisphere. Almost every zoo has at least one species of penguin. The majority of us are familiar with penguins and some of their characteristics, but we are unaware that this animal may be endangered due to climate change. Several penguin species are thought to be endangered. Some people believe that penguins must live in colder climates, although this is not true for all species. In the Southern Hemisphere, all penguins inhabit south of the equator. However, some species live on the southern coast of South America, others near the equator, and yet others near Antarctica.

Penguins are gregarious birds. Thousands of birds can be found in a single nesting place. Even when swimming and feeding in the sea, they will swim and feed in groups. Because penguins are birds, after mating, the females will lay eggs. Most penguin species create nests; however, they are likely to be simple piles of rocks or hollows in the ground. Only Emperor Penguins do not build nests; instead, the males place the eggs on top of their food under a fold of skin known as a brood patch. Penguin pups have voracious appetites and develop swiftly. Most of them grow up to be as big as their parents, which means they must learn to be self-sufficient.

On the other hand, the honey bee is significant because it is a good pollinator. We would have to self-pollinate flowers if we didn’t have any honey bees, which would take time away from other beneficial activities. 

Bees assist in pollination, which means they play an essential role in sustaining the earth’s green cover. They also aid in the production of food for other living creatures on the planet by pollinating.

Honey bees are also vital since we wouldn’t be able to put candles on our cakes or light a house when it becomes dark if we didn’t have them.

However, bees appeared to be nature’s wrath when they attacked and killed penguins in this story.

penguin getting treated by female doctor after getting stung by bees in the eyes.

Honey bees in South Africa have killed over 60 endangered penguins at a beach near Cape Town. The authorities described it as a bizarre incident.  

On Monday, conservationists in South Africa discovered 63 dead African Penguins at a wildlife colony in Simonstown, about an hour outside of Cape Town. 

What was the cause of death? Stings from bees.  

The swarm killed the penguins on a beach in Cape Town and a nearby national park on Sunday, according to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (September 19). According to conservationists who conducted a postmortem, the penguins’ bodies were covered in bee stings, which were concentrated around their eyes and flippers. These are the most vulnerable portions of the bird, and one individual was found to have been stung 27 times. 

It was also found that the 63 penguins who died were on the endangered species list. Officials discovered no other signs of harm save bee stings when they examined them. 

The penguins and bees “co-exist” in their shared habitat, according to Dr. Alison Kock of South Africa’s national parks agency. She suspected, however, that something may have disturbed the bees in their nest, and the flock of penguins suffered as a result.

The bees don’t sting unless provoked Kock told BBC News. We believe a nest or hive in the vicinity was disturbed, causing a mass of bees to depart the nest, swarm, and become aggressive.” 

The sting of honey bees can be fatal, especially when they strike in swarms. 

“We discovered bee stings around the penguins’ eyes during examinations,” said David Roberts, a foundation veterinarian. 

The number of stings sustained by the penguins would have “probably been fatal for any animal of that size,” according to Dr. Katta Ludynia of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds. 

“This is a highly uncommon occurrence. We don’t anticipate it happening frequently, ” he stated, adding to the incident’s improbability and verifying the presence of dead bees at the location. 

The penguins’ bodies have been transported to the foundation for postmortem examinations, which will involve illness and toxicological tests as a precaution. 

The bees are thought to have come from a nearby national park, recognized as a natural part of the environment. 

The African Wild Bee Institute’s Jenny Cullinan said that the bees leave behind a pheromone that allows other swarm members guarding a nest to track a target they stung. 

“There was no external physical damage observed on any of the birds,” the charity said in a statement. 

The Faroe Islands are evaluating their annual hunt of pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, and other disturbing animal news. 

Because of overfishing in their natural habitats, African Penguins are considered endangered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species reported that the birds numbered 41,700 individuals, although their numbers fell in 2019. 

Other conservationists believe that the loss of so many penguins in such a short period is a dangerous blow to the Boulders Beach resident colony. According to the South African National Parks, the territory has a total population of 2,200 penguins. According to Agence France-Presse, David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian with the organization, the penguin population could not easily handle that many losses at once. 

The murder of the animals, known as ‘Grindadráp’ or simply ‘The Grind,’ has been going on for generations. While hunting the animals is no longer necessary for local survival, the artistic side of the activity remains very important in Faroese society. 

The penguins must not perish in this manner, as they are already endangered. They’re a protected species, after all, “According to Roberts. 

They live along the country’s coasts on both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean sides of the country. Mozambique, Angola, and Namibia also have populations. 

Bárur á Steig Nielsen, the Faroese Prime Minister, remarked, We take this situation extremely seriously.” Although these hunts are considered sustainable, we shall be paying particular attention to the dolphin hunts and how they should fit into Faroese society.”

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