Big Apple bees: Swarm of bees take over NYC hot dog stand

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Big Apple Bees: Swarm of bees take over NYC hot dog stand

Elizabeth Yannone via AP
This photo provided by Elizabeth Yannone shows a section of a street in Times Square, cordoned off after being swarmed by bees in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. The swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square after they made their home atop a hot dog stand. The New York Police Department's beekeepers unit responded to the scene and safely removed the bees.

Bees in New York City were looking for a new home and swarmed a hot dog cart in the heart of Times Square looking for the buzz-worthy location.

More than 40,000 bees, in what is known as an absconded hive, were looking for shelter during Tuesday’s oppressive heat, Officer Darren Mays with the NYPD told CNN.

Mays is one of two official beekeepers on the police department. 

“The hive got overcrowded because it was hot and humid and they just needed a new place to go so they can keep cool,” Mays told CNN.

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After the other department beekeeper, Officer Michael Lauriano, arrived in full safety gear, he vacuumed up the bees. About 25,000 were relocated away from the Manhattan location, USAToday reported.

But why does the NYPD have not one, but two beekeeping officers on the force? 

The NYPD’s public information officer, Detective Hubert Reyes, told CNN, “You gotta be ready for everything, right?”

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According to the New York Times, there are beehives on the tops of buildings just a block away from where the swarm, well, swarmed. 

But The New York City Beekeeper’s Association knows who the beekeepers in the city are, those who have set up hives are required to register them, The New York Times reported

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