The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCOB) said that a swarm of bees killed 63 endangered African penguins outside Cape Town.
David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian for the foundation, said that bee stings had been found around the penguin’s eyes after extensive tests.
A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said. https://t.co/GCReDCMfTc— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) September 19, 2021
“This is a rare occurrence,” Roberts told AFP.
The South African National Parks took the dead birds to the foundation for toxicology and disease examinations.
Post-mortem testings showed the African penguins having multiple bee stings.
African penguins are on the endangered species list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.