Good News! All 180,000 Honeybees Living On Top Of The Notre Dame Cathedral Survived


By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

The world was shook when the Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in flames. Fortunately, important artifacts and even the cathedral’s population of honeybees survived. We think you’ll agree that the catastrophe could have been much worse.

Bee enthusiasts are rejoicing for the building’s 180,000 honeybees, following the tragic and suspicious fire. According to GoodNewsNetwork, the pollinators have lived on the roof for the last six years. The hives were just a few honeybee colonies that were installed across the city to increase pollinator populations in Europe.

Since 2013, Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant has looked after the hives. You can imagine his anxiety when the cathedral caught fire last week. For over 9 hours, a team of over 400 firefighters fought to extinguish the blaze. Reportedly, city officials were wary of the hives’ survival. In the end, the bees turned out to be very, very lucky. All three hives survived.

Geant was elated to hear that the bees made it through the fire. “It’s a big day. I am so relieved. I saw satellite photos that showed the three hives didn’t burn,” he told The Associated Press. “Instead of killing them, the CO2 (from smoke) makes them drunk, puts them to sleep.”

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The hives reside only 100 feet under where the roof was burning. If the hives had been heated to 63 degrees Celsius (145.5 fahrenheit), the hive wax would have melted. In this scenario, the bees would have died. “I wouldn’t call it a miracle, but I’m very, very happy,” Geant added.

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