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Bees Removed San Antonio Bell Tower

Monday, Sep 2, 2013  |  Updated 11:17 PM CDT
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40,000 bees were removed from a San Antonio church's bell tower, eventually they'll have a new home at a remote location.

WOAI-TV

40,000 bees were removed from a San Antonio church's bell tower, eventually they'll have a new home at a remote location.

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Workers removed a large high-hanging beehive from a bell tower at a Catholic church in San Antonio Monday.

The colony of honeybees has been living at the top of a 50-year-old church during the summer months problem-free, but every time the church bell rang, it sent the bees buzzing around the neighborhood.

A church official decided not to take any chances since children were returning to school, and called for help.

Since the honeybee population is dwindling nationwide, a decision was made to relocate the beehive.

Workers from the Central Texas Bee Rescue collected the bees using a special vacuum and transported them to their facility.

The bee rescuers told WOAI there were 40,000 bees in what was considered a medium-sized hive.

Eventually they will be taken to a remote location.

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