TRAFALGAR, Ind. (WISH) - 79-year-old Jack Palmer from Trafalgar is a bee keeper. It's a hobby of his. He says getting stung is part of being a bee keeper, but on Wednesday the bees attacked, stinging him more than 150 times.
Honey bees swarm around their hives like it's any other day at Jack Palmer's house. The only evidence of an attack are pictures of Jack's swollen face.
"I have six hives there. I went through and put supers, that's where they make their honey, in five of them. Went and looked at them and just as calm as could be no stinging. I got into the sixth one and everything went berserk," says Palmer, a retired IPD officer.
The 79-year-old was wearing a hood to protect his face, but it wasn't enough. There were at least 152 stings all on Jack's head. He tried to act fast.
"Throwed it down and started beating my head to kill them," says Palmer. "I called 911 and I fixed me a cup of coffee sat down and waited."
Help arrived and rescue crews pulled out the stingers one by one. The very next day Jack was tending to his bees and fell victim again, this time 12 stings.
You would think the experience might put an end to Jack's bee keeping days, but his hobby is more like a passion.
"All bees die out. Everything dies. Bees pollinate and they pollinate everything we eat. Everything animals eat. And so the bees die, we die," says Palmer.
In Jack's case he never went to the hospital as he insisted he be treated at home. Jack believes the reason the bees are so agitated is the queen bee laid so many eggs she had no more space. The queen's frustrations are then felt throughout the entire hive.
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