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Mare and foal die in attack by bee swarm

Africanized-beeA mare and her one-month-old colt have died in New Mexico in an attack by a swarm of bees.

The June 19 incident occurred in Lemitar, in Socorro County.

Desperate efforts to save the pair proved fruitless, with the mare, named Show Me The Bunny, refusing to leave the side of her ailing foal.

The mare was dead by the time emergency personnel arrived and efforts to save her proved unsuccessful.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a veterinarian arrived to tend to the mare, but her stings were too severe to save her.

The property owners lit a manure fire in bid to disperse the bees with smoke.

It has not been determined if the bees were the aggressive Africanized variant.

Horsetalk.co.nz

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