Man survives up to 1,000 stings by swarming Arizona bees

  • Reuters, Phoenix
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2015 11:41 IST

A man from Kingman in northwestern Arizona is alive even after being stung up to 1,000 times by tens of thousands of bees on Friday, authorities said.

The unidentified man was in stable condition at Kingman Regional Medical Center following the attack after he apparently disturbed a large hive in the backyard of a home, said Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Leslie DeSantis."The number of bees in the shed was unbelievable," DeSantis said. "The deputy who arrived said it was it was like something you'd see in the movies. It was just amazing."

Bees line a chimney in Phoenix. A particular strain of bee has been menacing people and animals in Arizona in recent weeks, with some being hurt badly enough to require a hospital stay. (AP Photo)

Authorities said the man was working on the property when he was stung and ran to his vehicle, getting help from two passersby who were also stung. They were not hospitalized.A beekeeper called to the scene was also stung 23 times. He told authorities it would probably take several days to fully contain the bees.

Authorities are warning residents of the area to keep pets indoors, avoid walking nearby, and drive through with car windows closed. The attack took place at a golf-course community with large-lot homes in Valle Vista, about 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Kingman and 206 miles (332 km) northwest of Phoenix.

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