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Feral Bees Swarm Brooklyn Streets

From the NYT:

In a gale wind from [Hurricane Irene], a hollowed-out branch of an enormous tree was ripped off, exposing a hive of 30,000 to 40,000 honeybees. The hive’s discovery was a jackpot for the beekeeping community and word spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter that a feral hive was up for grabs.

This being Brooklyn, a brawl erupted over who got to keep the bees:

Two beekeepers jumped at the chance to claim the bees, unknowingly setting off a feud between two of the city’s main beekeeping groups…

As throngs of beekeepers and the curious congregated within the thin piece of yellow caution tape roping off the area around the tree, tensions rose. And even as the wood chips were flying, the two beekeeping groups squabbled over how the rescue should be conducted and who the rightful owner of the bees was…

As if giant three-foot rats weren’t enough to scare Brooklynites, now vast swarms of feral bees cruise the streets, closely chased by overly violent beekeepers. Time to move to glamorous Queens?

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  • John Foster

    So, my wife and I live in Nassau County. For our quickly approaching “golden years,” we have been considering Brooklyn. Recently, though, after getting caught in traffic around the Atlantic Terminal project, we cruised around the borough on a Saturday night. I subsequently told my son, who lives in Greenpoint, that my wife and I had found Brooklyn a bit too “urban.” To which he replied, “That’s why there’s Queens.”

  • Jim.

    “setting off a feud between two of the city’s main beekeeping groups”

    You have violent gangs of *beekeepers* in New York??

    I really hate to imagine what the consequences are for crossing one of these groups…

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