Bees Forgotten In Airport, Later Recovered

Bees Forgotten In Airport, Later Recovered

Published June 26, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Don Hankins via Flickr

112 populated beehives missed their flight to Iceland and were left behind in an airport in Helsinki, but the bees have since been recovered and are on their way from Finland.

RÚV reports that about 80 Icelandic beekeepers have awaited the hives since Egill Rafn Sigurgeirsson – the director of the Icelandic Beekeepers Association – travelled to the Åland Islands last week to buy them. From there, they traveled to Helsinki to be put on a plane bound for Iceland.

However, the hives were not booked on the flight, and were left behind in storage at the airport. This could have proved disastrous for the bees, Egill told reporters, and the beekeepers were beside themselves with worry. However, the hives were soon recovered, and put on a flight to Iceland today.

Reporters asked Egill if the delay would make the bees more aggressive upon finally arriving in Iceland.

“Not at all,” he said. “They will first and foremost be edgy, tired, and exhausted.”

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