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Hotel beekeeper steps in for swarm when animal control can’t

September 20, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If bees that help serve breakfast and bartend at a Louisiana hotel weren’t housed on top of the building, a swarm of their wild peers could’ve wreaked havoc in the downtown of the state’s capital.

Baton Rouge’s Downtown Development District Director Davis Rhorer tells The Advocate, “This is a first.” A swarm of bees clustered the area Thursday morning until the nearby Hotel Indigo’s employees recommended a beekeeper they know from the hotel’s beehive.

Hotel sales director Sandra Daire says they serve honey from their rooftop garden at breakfast and in martinis.

Police closed a sidewalk while waiting for the apiarist to arrive. Rhorer says the local animal control office doesn’t respond to bee calls. He says a person reported she was stung, but no one had a serious reaction.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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