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2 hospitalized after I.E. bee attack

April 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two people were hospitalized Sunday after being attacked by vicious bees in San Bernardino County.The attack happened in Lucerne Valley. San Bernardino County firefighters said the two victims were stung hundreds of times by an Africanized bee colony. The bees had built their own hive near another honeybee hive.

Doctors said the victims are in a lot of pain, but will make a full recovery.

Bee expert Stacy Tonybee said the bees likely attacked because they felt their hive was being threatened.

"Bees protect their home, they took it as a sign of aggression that they came through and when they have a hive, they will protect profusely," said Tonybee.

Toynbee said the bees are a very aggressive colony.

Trappers used a combination of pesticide and soapy water to neutralize the bees.


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