Irishman stung 60 times while moving beehive

Tuesday 19 April 2011 15.21
Andrew Short - Thought it was 'the perfect night' to move the hive
Andrew Short - Thought it was 'the perfect night' to move the hive

An Irishman who decided to climb a ladder and move a beehive after drinking a few beers is recovering after being stung more than 60 times.

Andrew Short, an amateur beekeeper in Australia, returned home from the Melbourne Comedy Festival Monday evening in high spirits and decided to move a hive from his back yard to the roof of his house.

He thought that the bees would be asleep, as it was past midnight. Instead, they attacked him.

'A few beers maybe and a ladder, it's a bad combination,' Mr Short told reporters after hospital treatment for stings to his face, chest, neck, arms and abdomen.

'The problem was, I was up the ladder holding the hive, so the job wasn't done yet, and at that point it was easier to go up than go down,' he added.

'So they were there stinging my eyes, but I had to carry on to try and make sure that I wasn't going to fall off the roof any more, so there was a little bit of work to do, and then I said 'best to go down'.'

His main worry was being too scared to call his wife, who was away with their two young daughters.

'She was away, so I thought it was the perfect night to do it, because you can't ask the missus to get involved in lifting beehives, oddly,' he said.