Slovenian beekeeper knocked from his ladder by bull

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Topical for this time of year, here’s another of Dave Larkin’s bee house pictures from Slovenia.

Bee house with falling beekeeper

In this dramatic scene from 1890, the beekeeper is knocked from his ladder by a bolting bull. On the left, the bee house can be seen, with the coloured boxes and even a few bees. Up aloft – but on its way down – is the box that he has been using to catch a swarm of bees. Maybe this was based on a real incident, and if so, doubtless the next few frames would have been equally exciting, especially the bit when the swarm box hits the ground…

Matthew Chatfield

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