Bee swarm aims for tree
A 3,000-strong swarm of honey bees sent zoo keepers buzzing into action when they settled on a tree adjacent to the camel enclosure.
DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman said: “Thankfully, it was in a quiet part of the zoo at the end of the day and the bees didn’t head towards any animals. “Staff alerted a local bee keeper who transferred the swarm to a container, enabling him to transport them off site.” Bee keeper, Robert Cheswick, of Sedgley pictured above who moved the bees, said: “It was quite a large swarm, made up of honey bees, which I believe had relocated from somewhere fairly close. “I snipped the branch off the tree, complete with attached bees and then transferred them to a container before taking them home.” The operation took just over two hours to complete and the bees have now formed a nucleus colony in Mr Cheswick’s hives.