Thousands of bees rescued at University of Richmond after tree falls in storm

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —- After tornadoes ripped through Central Virginia on Monday, University of Richmond crews discovered thousands of bees in a large, fallen tree. 

That tree had rotted in the middle and cracked open, and the bees were found inside. 

After making the discovery, crews contacted Kirstin Berben, of the school’s biology department. Berben is one of two beekeepers on campus. ​​​​​​Berben and other campus employees then suited up and started transferring clusters of bees into a large storage bin.

Based on the size of the honeycomb, Berben estimated 70,000 bees were inside the tree. She took the bees to her home near campus, where she also keeps beehives. 

Berben hopes to bring the colony back to campus in the spring after she makes sure they are healthy. 

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