Pantego Texas Killer Bees Kill Horses: What Caused 30,000 Swarm To Attack?

By Staff Writer on July 29, 2013 11:26 AM EDT

Killer bees kill horses
30,000 killer bees kill horses Chip and Trump. Owner Kristen Beauregard was stung 200 times. (Photo: Creative Commons)

30,000 killer bees kill horses and hens in a Pantego, Texas, ranch on Saturday. A pair of miniature horses, Chip and Trump, were exercising outside when the incident occurred. The horses were covered in so many bees that the swarm shimmered over the body of the horse.

The horses were owned by 44-year-old Kristen Beauregard and her boyfriend. According to reports, Beauregard was exercising Trump, a male Shetland pony, when he jumped and kicked. Shockingly, Trump's behavior may have antagonized the killer bees.

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"They were chasing us down, they were following us," said Beauregard. "We swept up piles and piles of them... it was like a bad movie."

Desperate to escape the terrifying swarm, Beauregard and her boyfriend tried to lead their horses to jump into the pool to escape attack. The swarm of killer bees are estimated to be as large as 30,000.

"It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees... We were trying stand up in the water but every time we stuck our heads out for air, they would cover us and start stinging us. We were trying to breathe and they were stinging us in the face and in the nose."

According to Daily Mail, Trump ran through the yard and rubbed his body against the bushes in a desperate attempt to remove the bees. Ultimately, the killer bees killed the horses, absolutely covering the bodies of Chip and Trump.

Chip, a young 6-year-old show horse, died before Pantego, Texas, authorities could reach the scene. Trump was sedated and rushed to equine veterinarian Patricia Tersteeg's clinic. Unfortunately, Trump ultimately died at the clinic.

"He was so overwhelmed by bites that his body could not handle it," Tersteeg said. "That's way too much for any 250-pound mammal to survive."

The bee had stung Kristen Beauregard 200 times. Her boyfriend was stung 50 times. Five hens were lost in the terrifying bee attack as well. The bees are currently being tested to confirm whether or not the species are the infamous Africanized "killer" bees.

Watch the video below to learn more about the killer bees that killed horses:

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