US man returns from swift shopping trip to find 15,000 bees in his car

New Mexico man did not initially notice giant swarm, which had got in through an open window while he was inside supermarket

A man who went shopping in New Mexico returned to a car filled with 15,000 honey bees who had apparently got in through an open window while he spent 10 minutes buying groceries.

Astonishingly, the man – who was not named in the New York Times report detailing his unexpected travel companions – did not notice the sudden presence of a giant swarm of buzzing insects on his vehicle’s back seat until he was driving away.

“Then he turned back and looked and like was ‘holy cow’,” Jesse Johnson, an off-duty firefighter and paramedic whose hobby is beekeeping, said of the man’s reaction in an interview with the paper. “He called 911 because he didn’t know what to do”.

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Johnson, and his fellow firefighters, helped the man remove the bees and put them in an empty hive box.

Read more: The Guardian