Bee Swarm Kills Dog: Killer Bees Engulf Northern Hollywood Family's Beloved 5-Year-Old Pet Pit Bull Babe [VIDEO]
By Jesse Lent | March 18, 2013 05:09 PM EDT
A bee swarm killed a dog in Northern Hollywood, Calif. on Saturday.
According to local station KTLA, neighborhood children were playing nearby when the bee swarm killed beloved 5-Year-Old pet pit bull Babe, but none of them were stung.
"We've all got kids and dogs," a neighbor told the station. "Luckily they didn't hurt any kids, but it's terrible they hurt a dog."
Los Angeles firefighters sprayed the swarm with foam that kills bees. It is unclear if the bees were Africanized "killer" bees or a swarm of common honeybees.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, while European honeybees swarm once every 12 months, killer bees swarm as often as every six weeks.
Naturally, not every swarm kills dogs, but it is not the first time in recent memory that bees have seriously inured dogs in Southern California.
Back in June, the Los Angeles Times reported that 16 dogs were attacked by a swarm of bees at a pet boarding center in Somis, Calif. that left three of them in critical condition.
"They scrambled to bring the dogs inside, but the bees came down so quickly," said Melissa Houlihan, owner of the Balcom Canyon Pet Lodge. "It was horrific."
Several employees were also stung, although no one was seriously injured.
Andy Calderwood, supervising agricultural inspector for Ventura County feels a hive must have been stirred up nearby.
"This was the behavior of a disturbed colony," Calderwood said. "It was so precipitous, there must have been a nest nearby that was disturbed in some way, maybe run over by a vehicle or by equipment. It had to be a pretty big insult."
Houlihan said she was proud of her workers for responding so quickly.
"They risked their lives to grab every dog," she said. "All the owners are very grateful."
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