Two employees at the Picnic Island Park encountered a terrifying situation when 100,000 killer bees attacked them. ABC Action News shared the details on March 6, and luckily the two park employees are expected to recover.
The incident happened when David Zeledon and Rodney Pugh were moving a pile of trash and overturned an old truck tire. The two were quickly surrounded as the 100,000 killer bees attacked. Both park employees were hospitalized after they each received about 100 stings a piece.
The area of trash the men were working on had been sitting in that spot for about three years, so it seems the killer bee colony had been breeding there for quite some time. The specialist brought out to exterminate the bees suspects that a port ship likely originally brought them, as the park is next to Port Tampa. That also likely means there are other bees from the colony that have spread out to other spots in the area.
Many can only imagine the fear the two employees felt as they found themselves in the midst of the 100,000 killer bees attack. Rodney Pugh says it felt like “a thousand little knives poking” him in the body, and he had nearly 70 stingers removed from his body at the hospital. This situation certainly could have had a much more tragic ending, as Pugh says he was chased about 75 feet down the road, they were so aggressive.
Killer bees have a bad reputation, and this incident is a good indication of why that is. Luckily in this case the two men are going to be okay after the 100,000 killer bees attacked them. However, with other colonies of them surely in the area, it makes many worry what will happen the next time someone stumbles upon a large colony like that.