GALVESTON — Bees legally kept in a backyard hive attacked two children as they walked along a sidewalk. One was stung 35 times, an official said Thursday.
The bees kept in a backyard in the 7000 block of Sycamore Drive attacked the pair shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Elizabeth Rogers, a spokeswoman for the city of Galveston.
One refused treatment, but the other went to an urgent-care clinic.
Rogers knew the age of one of the children, who was 13.
The city doesn’t know what type of bees attacked or whether they were Africanized honeybees.
The bees were extremely aggressive toward the children and firefighters, who found them in a beehive box.
The city has no prohibition against backyard bee colonies, but firefighters contacted the city’s Animal Services Unit, which decided to eradicate the hive.