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Thousands of Angry Bees Swarm Man in Wheelchair and the Good Samaritans Who Saved Him
Thousands of angry bees swarmed a man in a storage facility in Santa Ana yesterday, knocking him out of his wheelchair and prompting the evacuations of an entire city block.
Three Good Samaritans stepped in to save the man from the attack of a swarm estimated to be as large as 60,000 bees, according to the Associated Press. Although the three men were initially taken aback by the swarm, they dove in again and rescued the man. All four men were hospitalized, because they had difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting.
Authorities are conducting DNA tests to find out if the bees were Africanized.
The AP notes this is not the first high-profile bee-stinging attack this week: On Wednesday, Africanized bees swarmed farm animals in Arizona, killing a 1,000-pound hog and causing an 800-pound pregnant sow to lose its litter.
Locally, an angry swarm hospitalized a man in Redondo Beach last month.