A Chinese woman has learned the hard way about not annoying bees by stealing their honeycomb. When she was repeatedly stung by them in the face, she turned on her camera to film the reaction.
The reaction to the bee stings left her face looking like a balloon.
The short clip has made headlines across China, and is rapidly spreading around the world. She didn’t seem like she was in too much trouble when hiking back down the mountain, saying:
‘I was bored and went to the mountains to catch some bees,’ she said into the camera while hiking down the village after the unsuccessful attempt.
‘But I was helpless when the aggressive bees stung me.’ She was also carrying a scythe, which we assume she was using to try and get the honeycomb.
The video was widely circulated on social media in China, with people sympathising for her.
‘Poor lady,’ one said. ‘But at the same time, I can’t stop laughing!’
The video may be funny, but getting stung by a bee is no laughing matter.
Those who have food and pollen allergies are often allergic to the stings of bees and wasps, and also the bite from poisonous ants.
The bee sting releases chemicals, including histamine, into the bloodstream.
An allergic reaction occurs when the body’s defence system overreacts, causing breathing difficulties, low blood pressure and swelling in the face, tongue, mouth and lips.
On average, four people die as a result of allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings in the UK each year.
This lady wants to think herself lucky that no lasting harm came to her.