One day in May, a 68-year-old woman named Carol Howarth was out running errands in Haverfordwest, Wales when she parked her car on the street and left on foot to finish her shopping.
While Carol was gone, a group of bees began to swarm her car. Before too long, there were 20,000 bees buzzing around the back trunk of her Mitsubishi.
The swarm quickly started to cause a lot of commotion from people passing by, including Tom Moses. “I had seen swarms before settle on things like this but never one as large as this,” Tom told The Telegraph. “It was quite a thing to see – certainly a ‘wow’ moment. I was really worried that someone could get hurt by them or that someone might damage them in their bid to clear the car, so I stopped to help out.”
Tom got to work calling local beekeepers and by the time Carol returned to her car, at least three beekeepers had been attending to the bees.
The beekeepers worked together to attract the bees to a cardboard box that they placed on top of Carol’s car. Finally, after some time, a majority of the bees had stopped swarming, and Carol was able to get in her car and drive home.
However, two days after the incident it became clear that the bees were not done with their attraction to Carol’s vehicle. The bees returned and chased Carol’s car for a total of 2 days!
With the help of second round of beekeepers, Carol’s car was finally clear of the swarm of bees.
That’s when the beekeepers shared their theory that the swarm of bees had been following Carol’s car on a rescue mission. On the hunt for a new home, the queen bee must have somehow become trapped inside the car.
“We think the queen bee had been attracted to something in the car … and got into a gap on the boot’s wiper blade or perhaps the hinge,” Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers told Metro. “The swarm of around 20,000 had followed her and were sat around on the boot of the car.”
Unfortunately, the queen bee was never located. Hopefully, she was able to make her escape and flew away with her loyal bees after their second attempt to rescue her!
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