The Relleke Massacre

The Relleke Massacre (ca. 1962)

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On January 28, 1962, Johanne Relleke was stung by honey bees 2,443 times at Kamativi tin mine in Wankie, Rhodesia and survived. All of the stings were removed and counted.

Relleke is currently the Guiness Book Of World Record holder for the greatest number of bee stings sustained by any surviving human subject. 

When a honey bee stings, it can’t pull the stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger but also part of its digestive tract, muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture kills the bee. 

In an twist of fate, Relleke is responsible for the death of 2,443 bees. #therellekemassacre

The Relleke Massacre

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