In the South African traveler city of Cape Town, 64 penguins have actually most likely been eliminated by a swarm of bees, a spokesperson for the South African Nature Conservation Authority SANParks, Lauren Howard-Clayton, informed dpa on Monday.
It was an awful and uncommon mishap, Howard-Clayton stated.
The birds were discovered dead on Friday on the beach at Boulders, a popular traveler location south of Cape Town.
They became part of a nest of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus living in a nature reserve, which are thought about threatened according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN Red List.
Some of the animals were discovered with 20 or more bee stings, the spokesperson stated. Subsequent tests for contaminants or pathogens were undetermined. Authorities are now looking for the hive to learn what might have activated the bee attack, Howard-Clayton stated.
The penguins, likewise referred to as Cape, black-footed or jackass penguins, type in South Africa and neighbouring Namibia.
In the previous 3 years, the variety of penguins residing in South Africa has actually visited 73 percent to 10,400 sets, according to the Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds in Southern Africa (Sanccob
In Namibia, there are still 4,300 penguin sets.