AUSTIN (KXAN) - Stung more than 500 times Wednesday by a swarm of bees,85-year-old Willard Duncan has been upgraded to fair condition atBrackenridge Hospital.
Meanwhile, bee experts found two hives on Thursday near thescene at 13th and Waller - big hives tucked into rotted treetrunks, each with thousands of bees. Walter Schumacher of CentralTexas Bee Rescue, who located the hives, said bees get cranky inthe summer and this is the time of year when bee populations are attheir peak.
"If you look what humans do in the hotter months, it's about thesame thiings bees do," Schumacher said. "They get aggressive, theyget angry, they get hot. They want a cold drink of water."
Schumacher's plan to remove the dangerous hives is to sectionoff the tree trunks, and take them with their hives into thecountry.
Duncan was trying to make some extra money by mowing otherpeople's lawns when the bees swarmed him.
Duncan was rescued on Wednesday afternoon when a the BeeResponse Unit of the Austin Fire Department rushed to his aid aftera passerby made a 9-1-1 call.
In that call, Rob Seidenberg can be heardfrantically saying, "There are bees, hundreds, swarming around aguy that can't get up off the ground. Thousands."
The dispatcher asks if the man is being attacked and Seidenbergreplies, "Yes, yes he is. Badly." The dispatcher then asks ifSeidenberg can pull the man away, and he replies, "No, no, I'll betotally...no. I mean it's crazy."
Then Seidenberg shouts that the bees are coming for him, andflailing, commotion and cursing can be heard. The dispatcher tellshim to hang up and run.
It's believed Duncan may have stirred up the bees with his lawnmower.
Brandon Fehrenkamp, a longtime beekeeper with Austinbees.comsaid:
"A swarm is not there to attack you. They're just looking for anew home. I really think the lawnmower had a lot to do with it.Lawnmowers and bees don't get along."
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