By Benjamin Turner, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
A swarm of bees killed 63 endangered penguins on a beach just outside the city of Capetown, according to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.
The protected birds were found dead in Simon’s town, near the Cape Town home to a colony of endangered penguins.
“This is a very rare occurrence. We do not expect it to happen often, it’s a fluke.” Said foundation’s David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian, on Sunday.
From the tests done, they concluded that there were bee stings around the eyes of the penguins, as well as a bunch of dead bees from the stings.
South African National Parks said samples from the deceased penguins had also been sent for disease and toxicology testing.