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Bees kill 63 rare African penguins; The species is on the verge of extinction

A swarm of bees has killed 63 rare African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town.

A swarm of bees has killed 63 rare African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town. The species of slain penguin is on the verge of extinction. The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday that such an incident was unfortunate. “After testing, bee stings were found around the penguin’s eyes. It is very rare for a bee to kill as many as 63 penguins in this way, said David Roberts, the foundation’s veterinary officer.

“Dead bees were found where dead penguins were found,” David Roberts told AFP. All the penguins found dead on Friday are in the town of Simontown, near Cape Town. The area is a national park and is part of the Cape Bee Ecosystem. Penguins are already in danger of extinction, so they don’t want to die that way. They are protected species, “said Roberts.

South African national park officials said, “All the dead penguins were taken to the foundation for postmortem. Their samples have also been sent for disease and toxin testing. No external injuries were found on any of the birds, but the postmortem revealed that all had been bitten by bees. ”

African penguins live off the coast and islands of South Africa. They are on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of their high risk of extinction.

 

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