On the 15th of April 2019 the world saw France’s famous cathedral Notre Dame go up in flames. It took close to 9 hours for the fire department to control and quash the fire completely. While everyone stood along the Seine to witness the devastating event, there was a certain gentleman worried about the inhabitants of the Cathedral.
Nicolas Géant is the beekeeper at Notre Dame and since 2013, he has been taking care of three hives. How many bees are those? Their population count is a little over 200,000! The hives are situated on the roof of the cathedral, so while the fire was blazing through the roof, Nicolas was wondering if they’d survive. These beehives are a part of an initiative by Paris to boost the number of bees/
So imagine the relief he felt when he discovered that all the hives remained untouched by the fire! Yes, the bees survived and this is a big moment for the initiative as the number of bees has been on the decline worldwide, making pollination an expensive and difficult process for beekeepers and farmers alike - this has a huge impact on the agriculture industries.
There’s an interesting fact to this story, European bees unlike the others on sensing danger retreat to their hives to protect their Queen Bee (Bey?). The fire’s carbon dioxide lulled them into a state of drunkenness. Yep, the bees got drunk and slept through the entire ordeal! (PS: They didn’t care about all the vacation photos from Paris that people posted on their social media).
I wish it were that easy to get drunk but oh well; you gotta bee special for that eh? Like Nicolas Géant said, “it’s a miracle!”
We first read about this here.
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