Bees buzz off back to hive safely from Tapir's enclosure at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

A swarm of bees have safely been removed from an enclosure at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park.
Steve Nichols, CEO, at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park checking out the swarm of bees.Steve Nichols, CEO, at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park checking out the swarm of bees.
Steve Nichols, CEO, at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park checking out the swarm of bees.

The bees had taken up temporary residence in the vicinity of Cecil the Tapir’s enclosure

Thanks to the teamwork of the park’s dedicated staff, in consultation with their resident beekeeper, Barry, who was on the

other end of the telephone, swift action was taken to ensure the wellbeing of both the tapir and the bees.

The bee4s were returned to their original hive.The bee4s were returned to their original hive.
The bee4s were returned to their original hive.

Concerns arose when it was discovered that a swarm of bees had ventured from their homes in a neighbouring village and had settled in a Hawthorn tree near Cecil’s enclosure.

As Cecil has particularly sensitive skin, it was imperative to avoid any potential stinging incidents that could have caused distress or discomfort to the gentle tapir.

After consulting with Barry, it was decided that the most prudent course of action would be to relocate the swarm of bees back to their original hive.

Fortunately, a nearby beekeeper, who had experienced a hive departure of his own, also came forward to lend a helping hand.

Cecil the Tapir is now safe from the threat of bees.Cecil the Tapir is now safe from the threat of bees.
Cecil the Tapir is now safe from the threat of bees.

With great care and expertise, the bees were gently collected from the Hawthorn tree and safely transported back to their familiar surroundings.

“We are delighted with the successful outcome of this collaborative effort," said Steve Nichols, CEO, at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park.

"Our primary concern is always the welfare of our beloved animals, and Cecil’s well-being is of utmost importance to us.

"We are grateful to Barry for his invaluable advice and to the neighbouring beekeeper for assisting in the safe return of the bees to their hive.”

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