ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An 84-year-old Oro Valley man who was attacked by bees on Wednesday received close to 2,000 stings, according to Golder Ranch Fire District spokesman Capt. Will Seeley.
The colony of bees was removed from the man's backyard shed today by a bee removal expert who estimates that at least 50,000 bees were in the well-established colony.
The bees were extremely aggressive and agitated. Several other people received stings, too.
The average person can survive between 500 and 800 stings from Africanized honey bees. Witnesses to Wednesday's attack said the victim was covered in bees from head to toe.
The man was attacked by the swarm outside his residence in the 1300 block of East Scorpius Street, near East Tangerine Road and North First Avenue on June 3.
A neighbor rushed to his aid after hearing his screams. He dragged the victim to the front yard, where Oro Valley police tried unsuccessfully to get the bees off him.
Golder Ranch personnel arrived and transported the man to Oro Valley Hospital for treatment. On Wednesday night, it was reported the man was breathing and talking and that his condition had been stabilized.
Seeley said on Wednesday that the man received over 400 stings just on his head and arms and predicted the total number of stings likely would be higher.
The colony was found in a backyard shed.