You might not think that 100’s of bees is a lot. Or they are worth saving. But do you know what’s been happening to bees? They are dying off at an alarming rate. This is happening all across the globe. Scientists are blaming a new generation of pesticides for this problem. So the fact that an average human stopped to help them is fantastic news. This person was on Facebook® when he saw the cry for help. It was close to his home, so he stopped what he was doing. He went to the reported location. He noticed the queen bee was missing and he knew what that meant. He got a cardboard box and started coaxing the bees into the box. Another compassionate person saw him and stopped to help. They managed to get the bees into the box. They were wearing gloves to protect their hands. It took about an hour and one half. Neither of them was stung by the bees. And they didn’t know what they were doing. Except, helping the bees. They knew the queen be was important to them.
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“A Toronto man is being touted on social media as a hero after capturing and transporting a swarm of bees that appeared to have lost their queen.
And he even managed to do it without getting stung.
It all started on Bunz Trading Zone, a popular Facebook trading group. Ryan VanDrie was the first person to bring the issue to light after he posted a photo of the popular pollinators clustered around a fire hydrant at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue in Toronto on Thursday. They had apparently been there for some time.
Learning from other Bunz commenters that they had likely lost their queen and were in need of saving, the group member wrote that the Toronto Bee Rescue told him the swarm wasn’t large enough for them to save.
So he turned to Bunz for help, and the hive mind delivered.
The man posted a plea to save the bees, which were dejectedly huddled on the ground. Many people chimed in with enthusiastic ‘save the bees!’ posts.
Nima Alizadeh, who lives nearby, stepped up to the plate, er, fire hydrant.
“I don’t think I did anything too special,” he said. “I feel bees are important. And I was close by, and not afraid of getting stung, so it just seemed logical that I would do it.”
Another commenter said displaced bees could be coaxed into a cardboard box, and then transported elsewhere, so Alizadeh biked over with a cardboard box.
When he found the bees at around 8:30 p.m., he started moving them into the box with his bare hands, and also used some sticks and leaves to scoop them into the box. A security guard ended up giving him his leather gloves to use, which Alizadeh says helped a lot.
“I didn’t know what I was doing at all,” he said.
After about 20 bees stayed in the box, the rest entered their temporary cardboard home. Alizadeh says it took about an hour and a half to get them all in.
He didn’t get stung, although he said he likely lost three bees — he noticed three stingers stuck to the leather gloves the security guard had lent him.
“They were really calm, actually.”
Now, his challenge was to get the boxed-in-bees to their new home in Parkdale, which came courtesy of another member of the Facebook group, who said his beekeeper friend could take them.
Alizadeh closed up the box and walked it home. When he got home, he carefully placed the box in the passenger seat of his car, keeping them snug with the seatbelt.
“I felt that maybe that was the safest,” he said.
Alizadeh carefully transported the bees from Yonge and Eglinton to their new home in Parkdale – snug in place with the help of the seatbelt. (Nima Alizadeh)
Many commenters cheered Alizadeh, while others questioned his sanity.
“Driving around with a box of bees?! ARE YA NUTS?!?” wrote Bunz member Jeff Van Helvoort.
Someone else mused about the box breaking open while en route.
“Don’t jinx me,” replied Alizadeh.
Alizadeh successfully transported the bees to Parkdale for their new home.
He hopped back in his car, on his way to enjoy the rest of his night, along with the notoriety that comes from Bunz fame.
“I got back in the car and I hear a buzzing, and I look in my cupholder and there’s one bee left,” he said.
He reversed the car, and managed to get the lone bee back to its buddies in the box, without any of the other bees escaping.
“It just didn’t seem right to drive away with one bee,” he said.
Alizadeh said the man in Parkdale has updated him, saying the bees are as happy as can be, and will be taken to three colonies by the beekeeper on Monday.ˮ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/bees-saved-by-bunz-1.3642529
So you might ask what’s so great about this man saving a few bees? Well I’ll tell you. Corporations that manufacture pesticides want to make more money. They hire scientists to develop new pesticides. The idea is to help protect agriculture from the bad insects that devour the produce that we eat. One of the side effects of these pesticides is the negative effect they have on bees. They may be helping the fruits and vegetable grow. But they are killing off the bees that pollinate them. Do you know what happens if we loose the bees? Approximately 30% of the produce that we eat every day will disappear from our diets. Do you like fruit? How about vegetables? I love them and know how valuable they are for my body. So the fact that one person was willing to help this small swarm of bees survive, is significant. More people need to be aware of this challenge. And he is helping spread the word. So why don’t you?