4,000 Bees Sting To Death 89-Year-Old Texas Man

By @vitthernandez on
Bees land on a sunflower to gather pollen
In Photo: Bees land on a sunflower to gather pollen in Encinitas, California in a June 23, 2009 file photo. California regulators violated the law by approving expanded use of pesticides that have been shown to hurt honeybees needed for pollinating key American crops, according to a lawsuit filed against the state by environmental groups on July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake/files

It is not just large animals such as elephants, lions, tigers and crocodiles that could kill humans. Even tiny insects could kill with their poisonous bites.

Moreso, if thousands of an insect specie attack a victim who accidentally chanced upon an insect lair. Such was the case of an 89-year-old man from Coryell County who unintentionally upset a large bee hive while mowing a lawn.

The poor octogenarian was chased and stung by 4,000 bees to his death, reports the New York Times. The bee attack happened on Tuesday night near the boundary of Gatesville City.

A spokesman of the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office cited witnesses account of seeing a large swarm of bees attacking Jiggs Marshall. Someone attempted to help the old man by covering him with a blanket.

Witnesses called for help. When the deputies arrived, they rushed Marshall to the hospital, but he later died. Some of the deputies were also stung by the bees. Firefighters also tried to douse the bees with water, but the insects were just too many.

Bee experts say that bee stings are harmless to many people but admit that the stings are sometimes painful. If the sting is near the eyes and lips, the stung parts could swell. But the impact of a bee sting on a person with an allergy varies, ranging from mild to life-threatening, according to Honeybeeworld.com.

Among the symptoms of allergy to bee stings, called anaphylaxis, are itch red rash, swelling in throat or other body parts, hoarseness or wheezing, difficulty in breathing and swallowing, vomiting or diaorrhea, tight feeling in chest and fainting, according to Healthline.

To contact the writer, email: v.hernandez@ibtimes.com.au

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