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Monday, January 29, 2018

Elephants are afraid of bees. Let that sink in for a second. The largest animal on land is so terrified of a tiny insect that it will flap its ears, stir up dust and make noises when it hears the buzz of a beehive. ... The threat of bees is so intensely felt by elephants that conservationists are using it to help prevent the kinds of conflict that put the behemoths at risk. The endangered animals have sometimes been shot by farmers trying to save their crops from elephants foraging at night for late-night snacks, or by poachers allowed access to help guard the fields. Now there's a weapon -- and a mutually beneficial one -- in the arsenal. In recent years, researchers and advocates have persuaded farmers to use the elephant's fear of bees as a potential fence line to protect crops. By stringing beehives every 20 meters -- alternating with fake hives -- a team of researchers in Africa has shown that they can keep 80 percent of elephants away from farmland.

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So far, the beehive fences are being used or tested in 11 countries in Africa and four in Asia, and the farmers seem to appreciate the approach, with more than 200 volunteering to participate in the last year. "When I first started, I had to really persuade people to try it," [researcher Lucy] King said in a Skype call from Kenya. "They thought I was absolutely insane. Then they thought, well, she's giving us free beehives, so whatever. Now people are queuing up to do it."

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FAKE NEWS!

We all know elephants are afraid of mice, not bees!

I saw it in a book.

moziru.com

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#1 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-29 11:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

FAKE NEWS!
We all know elephants are afraid of mice, not bees!
I saw it in a book.
moziru.com
- Dotard.

#1 | POSTED BY 726

FAKE NEWS!

Trump can't read and refuses to look at books.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-29 11:53 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

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