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Tree trimmer attacked by Africanized bees released from hospital Sunday
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Posted on 08/09/2010 9:07:11 AM PDT by nickcarraway

For the first time, a tree trimmer stung about 500 times by Africanized killer bees on Saturday described the attack.

He was working on a tree in the front yard of a home in Safety Harbor when he cut through a massive hive.

"This giant swarm just came directly at me. It's like they knew who did it," Ralph St. Peter explained.

Photo Gallery: Man stung 500 times by Africanized bees

St. Peter's hands and face are still swollen. From head to toe, he's covered in bee stings.

"Fireants. It would be the same as fireants," St. Peter said, also comparing his attack to someone sticking a needle in him repeatedly all over his body.

Hours after being released from the hospital, St. Peter's wife, Jenna, still had to pull out stingers.

"Kind of reminds me of a porcupine. You're just pulling pins out of a pin cushion," she said.

St. Peter, a veteran tree trimmer of 30 years, says he knew there were honey bees in the tree, but not the Africanized type, let alone the estimated 50,000 that swarmed him.

"Fear, nothing but fear," he said when asked what he was thinking during the attack, "because I knew what they were. They were definitely killer bees. Regular bees don't do that."

St. Peter says he should have called an exterminator to remove the bees before starting the work.

He credits his co-workers, who helped him get down from the tree, with saving his life.

"I would have died. They weren't stopping," St. Peter said.

On his first day back at work on Monday, he says he's going right for the same tree.

"The bees are obviously gone, so I'll finish the job tomorrow," he said.


TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bees; florida; safetyharbor

1 posted on 08/09/2010 9:07:19 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Was he a racist tree trimmer.

I mean after all, he must have deserved it.


2 posted on 08/09/2010 9:08:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: nickcarraway
"This giant swarm just came directly at me. It's like they knew who did it," Ralph St. Peter explained.

Glenn Beck was right! The bees know.

3 posted on 08/09/2010 9:10:05 AM PDT by SuperSonic ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: nickcarraway

On the bright side, every bee that stung him is dead.


4 posted on 08/09/2010 9:11:12 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: nickcarraway

“killer bees”? This term is not common to me. How long has it been in use, outside of B movies?


5 posted on 08/09/2010 9:13:38 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: nickcarraway

I never cease to be amused by poor editorial skills in regards to titles -
The way it is constructed, it sounds as if the tree trimmer was attacked by africanized bees that were released from the hospital Sunday... too funny (that’s what happens when you have a mother who is a college English professor!)


6 posted on 08/09/2010 9:13:49 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: nickcarraway

Heh...I have one hive of Carolinian bees, and one hive of Italians, and they tore me up yesterday. Bright and sunny, and should have been out collecting nector/pollen. 30 minutes after a half-dozen stings, went inside, and a thunderstorm came up. Smart animals.....must have detected the storm.


7 posted on 08/09/2010 9:14:27 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: nickcarraway

Why did they release the bees from the hospital?
(Someone skipped Headline Writing at Journalism school.)


8 posted on 08/09/2010 9:14:35 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Leonard Nimoy told me back in the 70’s on “In Search Of” they were “Killer Bees”.


9 posted on 08/09/2010 9:19:28 AM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: nickcarraway

They were just defending they ‘hood.


10 posted on 08/09/2010 9:22:08 AM PDT by rahbert (Come heavy or don't come at all)
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To: nickcarraway
...attacked by Africanized bees released from hospital Sunday

The Bees were released from a hospital???

I usually do not do "grammar police" posts, but this is just a prime example of how badly today's writers - write. What is worse is that most of them don't even have a clue about what is wrong with this headline. Also, what is/where does the word "Africanized" appear in our dictionaries today? I hate the "---ized" words that are being made up. I remember, years ago, when "palletized" started to be used. Then there is the new expression that irks me...replacing the word "disappeared" with "went missing." I just shudder.

I know...off the subject...my bad. I guess the thought of this guy being stung and suffering drove me to madness.

11 posted on 08/09/2010 9:23:14 AM PDT by CitizenM ("Do you miss me yet?" Yes, George, we do.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
“killer bees”? This term is not common to me. How long has it been in use, outside of B movies?

The term has been in use since it was discovered the African bees had made it to the American continent. Some reporter probably decided it was a catchy name.

12 posted on 08/09/2010 9:25:03 AM PDT by calex59
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To: kittymyrib

that was my thoughts exactly.....lol...


13 posted on 08/09/2010 9:25:58 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: TheBattman

The killer bees were in the hospital for bee anger management. Upon release, they attacked a treetrimmer.


14 posted on 08/09/2010 9:29:25 AM PDT by dforest
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To: nickcarraway

What country?


15 posted on 08/09/2010 9:30:16 AM PDT by donna (Synonyms: Feminism, Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism)
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To: kittymyrib

Right!


16 posted on 08/09/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT by bvw
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To: nickcarraway

My favorite unintentionally funny headline of the year.


17 posted on 08/09/2010 9:31:36 AM PDT by denydenydeny (You're not only wrong. You're wrong at the top of your voice. --Spencer Tracy, Bad Day at Black Rock)
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To: nickcarraway
Everyone knows the real killer bees come from Mexico

18 posted on 08/09/2010 9:32:27 AM PDT by Waverunner
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To: Waverunner

LOL

Belushi with a Tommy gun!


19 posted on 08/09/2010 9:35:46 AM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: nickcarraway

remember John Belushi dressed up as a bee, on SNL, and talking like a Sandinista?


20 posted on 08/09/2010 9:36:47 AM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: cripplecreek

21 posted on 08/09/2010 9:36:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: nickcarraway
He should sue the hospital for negligence. They should have never have released the bees.
22 posted on 08/09/2010 9:39:02 AM PDT by teenyelliott (www.thewaterrock.com)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out; nickcarraway
March 18, 2010
PHOENIX -- A swarm of Arizona killer bees attacked at least four people in north Phoenix on Thursday night, leaving two women who were stung more than 100 times each in critical condition, firefighters said. (snip)

http://www.kpho.com/news/22884822/detail.html


23 posted on 08/09/2010 9:39:36 AM PDT by donna (Synonyms: Feminism, Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism)
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To: CitizenM
Also, what is/where does the word "Africanized" appear in our dictionaries today? I hate the "---ized" words that are being made up.

Well, according to Dictionary.com, it appeared around 1850-1855:

Africanized - 1 dictionary result

Af·ri·can·ize    /ˈæfrɪkəˌnaɪz/
–verb (used with object),-ized, -iz·ing.
1. to replace the European or white staff of (an organization in Africa) with black Africans.
2. to bring under African, esp. black African, influence or to adapt to African needs.

Also, especially British, Af·ri·can·ise.

Origin:
1850–55; Americanism; African + -ize

—Related forms:
Af·ri·can·i·za·tion, noun


24 posted on 08/09/2010 9:42:06 AM PDT by snowsislander (In this election year, please ask your candidates if they support repeal of the 1968 GCA.)
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To: nickcarraway

This is AZ.

They are not “Killer Bees” they are “Undocumented Bees”.


25 posted on 08/09/2010 9:43:49 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: TheBattman; kittymyrib; CitizenM
My favorite badly-written title, which actually inspired a book title, was from a piece about Panda bears. The title was supposed to be:

Panda Bear Eats Shoots and Leaves

...but the author added a couple of innocent commas:

Panda Bear Eats, Shoots, and Leaves

26 posted on 08/09/2010 9:44:37 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: CitizenM

My pet journalistic peeve is the use of the term “teen” for a person who is 18 or 19 years old. It’s not totally incorrect, but it implies that the person is a juvenile. At 18 one is an adult. Why is it so hard to say “an 18 year old man” instead of “a male teen?”


27 posted on 08/09/2010 10:35:32 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: TheOldLady

Note headline.


28 posted on 08/09/2010 11:06:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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