San Antonio City Officials Relocate Honey Bee Filled Tree

San Antonio City Officials Relocate Honey Bee Filled Tree

Today, thousands of honey bees are settling into their new home in Victoria, Texas after taking a 120 mile road trip across the Lone Star State. The bees originated in the Five Points neighborhood of San Antonio where they had taken up residence in a large tree adjacent to a number of homes and businesses.
 
 
Local residents first noticed the bees about a year ago. Occupants of one of the nearby buildings had been working outside with power tools when they noticed a small cloud of agitated honey bees congregating around them. They figured the bees had made a hive in the tree, so they decided to check it out. Upon closer inspection, they got quite a surprise.
 
“It turns out it’s more than just a hive. The tree is just one giant hive,” said the owner of the building next to the tree in an interview with a local news outlet. The tree was effectively a humming metropolis of bees. City officials estimated that there could be upwards of 200,000 bees living in the tree.
 
Locals were understandably a little uneasy about the bees, but they were also sensitive to the fact that that they are an essential part of the ecosystem. Fortunately, the city decided to call in the experts. Beekeepers from the American Honey Bee Protection Agency came out to help city officials remove the tree without harming the bee population living inside. They performed the relocation free of charge.
 
Now, the bees are living comfortably in the Victoria Zoo where entomologists will study the massive colony. Residents of the neighborhood were sad to see the tree go, but happy to know the bees were safe and sound.
 

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