Beekeeper Heinz Schneeberger is stunned after the death of the bees.
A stranger closed the bees’ flight opening. The oxygen also reaches the beehive through this. The result is devastating: the bees suffocate.
A bee colony consists of around 80,000 animals.
The apiary on the edge of the forest in the Chruterli area near Reiden LU was until recently the home and refuge for 16 bee colonies. The house belongs to the beekeeper Heinz Schneeberger. Now more than half of the bees are dead.
Because a stranger closed the flight openings on the apiary, no more oxygen could get into the beehives. The result: ten of the 16 bee colonies suffocate in agony. According to the “Zofinger Tagblatt”, it is still unclear whether the act was done for malicious reasons or just out of pure naivety.
It was a painful death
The bees’ entrance holes are provided with a metal slide that is fixed with a screw. The stranger had to use a lot of force to loosen the screws by hand or with a screwdriver.
Schneeberger is shocked by the incident. He has been passionately looking after his “Beiji” for decades. Although he suffered a financial loss of 40,000 francs as a result of the act, he said above all he was “sorry for the animals that died so painfully.”
charge against person unknown
It was also he who discovered the terrible find. A colony of bees consists of around 80,000 animals – so it is no wonder that Schneeberger had to collect the animals with a shovel, as he tells the “Zofinger Tagblatt”.
In addition, the danger to the rest of the bee colonies is not over yet. Because: “Whether the remaining six colonies in the apiary in Chruterli will survive this stress is still uncertain,” Schneeberger’s assessment. Even if he has no thoughts of revenge, he would like to know who committed the crime. That’s why he filed a complaint against unknown persons. (ouch)
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Published: 02/13/2021, 4:21 p.m.
Last updated: February 13th, 2021, 5:21 pm
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