Update on "Bees attack young children" story. Of the 80 school kids attacked by a swarm of bees in South Africa Friday, sources say 44 were stung and treated at local hospitals. Sadly, four of the children who suffered bee stings were listed in critical condition, according to a Mar. 10 Wire Update report.
The bees attacked young children who were on a field trip to see rabbits in the city of Benoni.
"They were waiting for a bus when things went drastically wrong. A swarm of bees came out of nowhere and attacked the children. The incident sparked a large emergency response with ambulances from across the region being sent to the scene," said Chris Botha, with the ambulance service Netcare 911.
Based on reports from a local bee keeper, the insects involved in the freakish incident were likely Africanized honey bees aka "killer bees."
This bee species, commonly called the honey bee in Africa, is known for relentlessly attacking victims in big numbers. What's more, they are notorious for chasing and stinging victims over long distances.
However, African honey bees are also known to remain irritated for as long as 24 hours.
It's unknown what sparked the bees to attack the young children. However, typically the insects sting when provoked or if the hive is disturbed.