Bee swarm kills 64 endangered penguins

A spokeswoman for the Nature Conservancy in South Africa, Lauren Howard Clayton, said that there are 64 penguins, which were killed by a swarm of bees, in the tourist city of Cape Town, South Africa.

Howard Clayton said it was a tragic and unusual accident.

The dead birds were found last Friday on Boulders Beach, a popular tourist destination south of Cape Town.

The penguins were part of a colony of "African penguins", which live in a nature reserve, and are considered endangered, according to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Some penguins have 20 or more bee stings, the spokeswoman said.

Howard Clayton said authorities are currently searching for the hive to find out why the bees attacked the penguins.

Penguins, also known as "black-legged penguins" or "donkey penguins", breed in South Africa and neighboring Namibia.

 There are still 4,300 pairs of penguins in Namibia.


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