Angry Bees Send 4 to Calif. Hospital

Man in wheelchair stung 60 times
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 16, 2011 4:11 AM CDT
Bee keeper Ryan Moore finishes up "neutralizing" a hive of aggressive honey bees yesterday.   (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt)
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(Newser) – Bees are on the warpath again. Thousands of the angry stingers swarmed four men in a Southern California storage yard yesterday, sending them all to the hospital. The attack began when a man in a wheelchair somehow disrupted a hive. He was stung more than 60 times and had tumbled from his wheelchair, screaming for help, when three bystanders raced to his rescue. "They probably save his life," the Santa Ana fire chief told AP.

All four men suffered rashes, nausea and vomiting, and had difficulty breathing. The street had to be evacuated as beekeepers "neutralized" the 60,000-bee hive. Bees attacks are on the rise as honeybees mate with more aggressive bees migrating from the southern hemisphere. In Arizona this week a man was hospitalized after being stung some 1,000 times, and a 1,000-pound hog was killed by bees.

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