A couple in Pantego, Texas, was attacked by bees on Wednesday, leading to the loss of two beloved horses. The bees had been flying around the area for a couple of weeks, living in the shed of their rental property, but resident Kristen Beauregard had been unable to get rid of them, despite numerous attempts to eliminate them. On Wednesday, Beauregard was exercising a miniature show horse named Trump when the bees randomly attacked her, her boyfriend, and two miniature horses along with several chickens and the couple’s dog. The bees swarmed for no apparent reason, stinging the couple and the horses multiple times, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
To escape the bees, Beauregard jumped in the pool and Trump followed. Beauregard was stung over 200 times, but her main concern was finding a way to excape the swarm of bees. Beauregard described the bee swarm as being so black that it appeared like it was night outside the water in the pool. She managed to make it back inside the house and her boyfriend called 911 as the bees hit the windows, trying to follow her.
When the firefighters and paramedics arrived, they treated Beauregard and her boyfriend and fought the bees off of the two horses who were still in the backyard (one in the pool). Beauregard refused to leave and go to the hospital, instead watching the efforts to save her horses. Firefighters sprayed foam on the bees to get them to back off, and then began to treat the horses with Benedryl, medication against bee sting allergies and even oxygen, but the attack proved too much for the miniatures, and neither survived the attack. Chip, a six-year-old show horse died on the scene. Trump was taken to a veterinary clinic, but the veterinarians were unable to counter the stings and he died as well. Trump’s bee stings were reportedly concentrated on his face due to the fact that he had to keep his head above water to breath.
Officials estimate that the attack consisted of more than 30,000 bees. Samples were taken and testing is being conducted to determine whether the bees were Africanized bees, which are known for their aggressive behavior. While Beauregard praises the emergency team for their brave work, knowing what type of bees attacked her will not bring back her beloved animals. In an interview with the Star-Telegram, she encouraged anyone with bees in their area to have them dealt with immediately in order to stop something like this from happening again.