‘House Trained’ Pet Bee

Library assistant Fiona Presly, from Inverness, United Kingdom, rescued a buff-tailed bumblebee queen that had been born without wings.  After fondly naming the insect ‘Bee’, Fiona seemed to form a bond and would ‘cuddle’ her new pal. Fiona said: “I found her when we were getting work done in the garden, and it was lucky I didn’t stand on her. “I put my hand down in front of her and she crawled onto it right away.”

“She made sort of clicks, buzzy sounds when she was in close contact with me and was happy to sit and groom, eat, drink and sleep on my hand.”

“We were both very comfortable with each other, and many people admired this bond. She was totally relaxed with me.”


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