Bees Strike Again: Man Stung Severely Just Hours After Attack on Elderly Woman
Run and hide! The Phoenix bee invasion has claimed yet another victim.
Just hours after an 81-year-old woman was attacked yesterday by a swarm of Africanized bees near 33rd Avenue, south of Cactus Road, a 72-year-old man, on the other side of town, was also attacked.
Phoenix Fire Department officials say the man was using a shop-vac to try and vacuum hundreds of bees out of a tree in his yard near 32nd Street and Indian School Road Wednesday night, when the little monsters fought back.
When the brave Phoenician took it upon himself to defend his city against bees, which have now attacked at least four times since April, he was stung about 100 times, fire officials say.
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The man was taken to a local hospital where he is said to be in stable condition.
The 81-year-old woman who was attacked is in the hospital in critical condition, and fire officials now say she was stung more than 300 times.
"When the guys pulled her out, she had bees in her ears, in her nose, and in her mouth," says Phoenix Fire Captain Dorian Jackson. "They covered the entire top of her head and her torso. She was covered in bees."
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