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Swarm Of Bees Kills More Than 60 Endangered Penguins: South Africa

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More than 60 rare penguins have perished in South Africa after being assaulted by a swarm of bees, according to a conservation organisation.

According to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, 63 African penguins were stung repeatedly by bees while on a beach west of Cape Town.

Aside from the stings, the penguins were determined to be unharmed, and a number of bees were also discovered dead at the site. African penguins are listed as a 'endangered' species on the'red list.'

"We detected bee stings around the penguins' eyes during tests," said David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian with the organisation.

"This is an extremely rare event." We don't anticipate that to happen frequently; it's a fluke. "There were also a number of dead bees on the site." The penguins came from a colony in Simon's Town, which has a honey bee national park.

According to the South African National Parks (SANParks), the dead birds were removed for post mortems, and samples were submitted for disease and toxicological testing.

"There was no outward physical damage discovered on any of the birds," the company stated in a statement.

Postmortem examinations indicated that all of the penguins had numerous bee stings. Dr Alison Kock, a SANParks marine scientist, told the BBC: "Normally, penguins and bees coexist.

"The bees don't sting unless provoked, so we're assuming that a nest or hive in the vicinity was disturbed, causing a mass of bees to run, swarm, and become hostile. "Unfortunately, the bees collided with a flock of penguins on their flight path."

African penguins exist on the southern African coast and islands; they are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list, which indicates they are facing extinction. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the number of African penguins is quickly dropping.

According to the organisation, the major causes of the population decline are food shortages caused by commercial fishing and 'environmental volatility.'

"The penguins... must not perish like that because they are already on the verge of extinction," Roberts warned.

"It's a protected species."