n 2014, the owner of an old International Harvester Scout decided to give the vintage vehicle an exterior and interior overhaul. Since the Scout was sitting around and not being used for a very long time, the owner sent the car on a cross-country trip for a complete restoration. Upon his arrival, he pulled back one of the panels and found an incredible surprise: a massive beehive, which was unknowingly transported all the way from Houston, TX to Jacksonville, FL! As it turned out, the bees had been accessing the inside of the truck through rust holes.
With some professional help, the quarter panel was removed to expose a giant bee’s nest, complete with honeycombs and thousands of swarming bees. According to Car Buzz, the bees had been living inside the Scout for quite a while, with many old abandoned dwellings just above the wheel well.
To safely access the bee hive, professionals had to cut off the quarter panel completely. No bees were killed or hurt in the process — they were simply removed and relocated to a new hive.
Bees are absolutely critical to our planet. According to the The Guardian, “Bees pollinate a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystems. Some 84% of the crops grown for human consumption — around 400 different types of plants — need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality.” I’m so glad these bees made it safely to their new destination.
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