Bees swarm Palm Desert neighborhood, woman stung 1,000 times

 KESQ News Channel 3 News  & CBS News Local 2 Reporter Natalie Brunell   3/6/13

PALM DESERT, Calif. - A 71-year old woman is expected to survive after she was stung an estimated 1,000 times by bees, and she wasn't the only victim.

A bee removal company was called in to remove the swarm of about 80,000 bees. The attack happened just before 5 p.m. Thursday at Lucerne Drive and Merrill Drive, in a neighborhood next to the Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert.

When Cal Fire paramedics arrived on scene, they found an elderly woman covered in Africanized Honey Bees, also known as "Killer Bees."

"We're estimating a thousand bees. She was covered as if she had on a bee suit and we threw her in back of ambulance where our guys sustained bee stings," said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Williams.

The woman is now in stable condition, according to a Cal Fire official, but doctors even found stingers on her tongue as the bees enveloped her body.

Neighbors are now safe to come outdoors but still can't believe what happened...

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