A swarm of Cape honeybees in South Africa attacked a colony of penguins, stinging them in their eyes. The assault left over 60 penguine dead. The penguins in question are African penguins.
In a bizarre incident, 64 endangered African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) have been killed in South Africa after being stung in and around their eyes by Cape honeybees (Apis mellifera capensis).
Rangers from the South African National Parks organization (SANParks) discovered 63 of the 64 dead penguins among a colony near Cape Town in Table Mountain National Park on Friday, Sept. 17. African penguins are a protected species in South Africa and are currently listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, with around 42,000 mature individuals globally.
“The deaths occurred suddenly sometime between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning,” SANParks said in a Facebook post. “No external physical injuries were observed on any of the birds.”