Bees besiege Times Square hot dog stand in New York's tourist precinct

Aug 30, 2018, 03:05
Bees besiege Times Square hot dog stand in New York's tourist precinct

A swarm of bees landed on a New York City hot dog stand on Tuesday, shutting down part of a street as police used a special vacuum to remove them.

Known as an absconded hive, the bees were looking for a new home to escape the sweltering heat, said Officer Darren Mays, one of the New York Police Department's two official beekeepers.

NYPD's bee keeper Officer Michael Lauriano could be seen sporting protective gear as he made his way to collect the bees.

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Police estimated about 30,000 bees had gathered in the area that was already buzzing with pedestrians, tourists and traffic, but were unsure what attracted them.

"We try to get as many as we can", Lauriano said.

"Literally, the craziest thing I've seen", said Diego Mendez from New Jersey.

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"Fear not, New Yorkers and tourists", he tweeted. "It's scary. What's it doing in the middle of town?"

Basically, Coté says the bees won't bother you as long as you don't bother them.

Additionally, USA Today reported that eventually a beekeeper did arrive on the scene to relocate the swarm.

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According to The Honeybee Conservancy, there are a number of bees native to the city including mason bees and leafcutter bees. Indeed, the New York City Beekeepers Association has an entire photo gallery devoted to swarm removals.

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