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Swarm of bees kill Pantego Texas horses

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PANTEGO, TX – A Texas woman was in her backyard with her two horses when a huge swarm of bees attacked. She and one of the horses jumped into the swimming pool, but it wasn’t enough to save them.

Kristen Beauregard cannot get the awful images of what happened Wednesday night out of her mind. She had just finished exercising her two horses, when all of a sudden – what looked like a dark cloud of 30,000 bees attacked. Immediately, Kristen jumped into her swimming pool. It’s not normal for a horse to like water, she says, but her 1-year-old Shetland pony, Trump, trusted her when she told him to do the same.

Both Trump, and her other horse six-year-old chip, a miniature show horse, were overcome with thousands of bee stings and died. Their hive secretly grew enormously inside the wall of a shed. She wants everyone to be aware so they don’t lose something or someone they love too.

Kristen says she spent thousands of dollars on her horses she just bought it a month or so ago. But, she also says there is no kind of value that can be placed on such a devastating loss.

The bees are being tested to see if they are Africanized killer bees. Four of Beauregard’s chickens were also killed.