Bees Gone Wild

Somebody find that groundhog that extended winter a few extra weeks because the bees in South Florida are clearly pissed at him.

Over the past week, the stinging insects have made numerous headlines apparently trying to send a message - attacking everything from TV anchor men, to family pets, to a little old lady minding her own business.

Bees don't hibernate but they slow down their activities during the winter while they wait for flowers to bloom in the spring.

Pollination is serious work, so when the groundhog surfaced on Feb. 2 to tell the world and the bees they will have to wait for spring, understandably the insects were not pleased.

The most recent unprovoked attack happened at the Miami home of Olga Gianonne, who was stung about her head, lips and ears on Monday. It's unclear how many of the winged masked marauders ambushed Gianonne, but the hive in the abandoned home next to her houses thousands of  would-be attackers.

But at least she escaped with her life.

Over the weekend, a pit bull, the pound-for-pound king of dogs when it comes to animals you don't want to get in a scrap with, was no match for a swarm of angry bees on the hunt for that ground hog.

Another dog tried to help his fellow species but was also overwhelmed by the buzzing menaces. Both dogs died.

Oh, it gets worse. Journalists close your eyes.

NBC 6 reporter Ian Wood was stung by a bee while reporting on a massive hive near a home in Broward on Friday. Maybe the bees felt a televised message would work better than newspaper headlines. The bee was apparently aiming for Wood's brain and stung the reporter in the back of the head.

So for the next few weeks, when confronted by an angry swarm of bees, run for your life. And whatever you do, don't bring up that groundhog.

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