Incredible footage was shared of bees helping and cleaning another bee from their hive after she had fallen into some honey.
Sometimes it seems as if causes come out of nowhere and take the world by storm almost out of nothing. Take the use of plastic straws for instance. No one seemed that bothered about their use a year or two ago, but now they are becoming a thing of the past as it was quite rightly highlighted that using them is wasteful and damaging to the environment.
Another of those pressing environmental issues right now is the status of the humble bee. Like too many other species around the world, the bee's numbers are rapidly decreasing. What many people don't realize is how detrimental an effect the extinction of bees would have on the human race. More than three-quarters of the entire world's crops are dependent on pollination by bees and other insects.
If that alone doesn't already have you convinced that you should be doing all that you can to save the bees, perhaps the video below will. Peter Walkosz, a beekeeper in south-west Michigan, found that one of his bees had fallen into a honey extractor. He rescued the insect and returned her to the hive, popping her next to the entrance. That's when he managed to catch something remarkable on camera.
"I rescued her and put her by the hive entry, knowing that her sisters would help her," Mr. Walkosz explained, and help they did. Upon seeing their fellow bee in trouble, a few of her friends emerged from the hive and instantly began to clean the honey off of the bee's wings and body. Although the entire process wasn't caught on camera, apparently it took them around 30 minutes and once they were done, the previously honey-coated bee flew away.
A pretty amazing gesture on behalf of the helper bees above, and one that will hopefully inspire others to help out a bee in need. If you see one in your garden or on the sidewalk that seems reluctant to fly away, it may simply be resting. Offer it a little sugar water, two teaspoons of white granulated sugar dissolved in one teaspoon of water, and it should do just the trick.