Bees on Notre Dame rooftop survive this week’s devastating fireplace



The bees of Notre Dame appear to have their patron saint Ambrose looking for them. 

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

The devastating fireplace that destroyed a part of Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday seems to have spared the bees residing on its rooftop.

Since 2013, as a part of a metropolis initiative to help biodiversity in Paris, Notre Dame has been residence to 3 beehives on a roof beneath the rose window. As a result of the hives are positioned about 30 meters (98 toes) under the principle roof, the fireplace did not get shut sufficient to do any injury. 

Contemplating every hive is residence to 60,000 bees, Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant was past relieved to be taught the fireplace did not harm the bugs.

“I acquired a name from the spokesman for Notre Dame who stated there have been bees flying out and in of the hives which implies they’re nonetheless alive,” Geant advised CNN on Friday. 

“Proper after the fireplace I regarded on the drone footage and noticed the hives weren’t burnt however there was no method of figuring out if the bees had survived,” Geant added. “Now I do know there’s exercise, it is an enormous reduction.”

On Wednesday, Geant posted images on his Instagram taken by drones that present the hives intact.

One other picture posted on his Instagram exhibits the bees alive and nicely on one of many Notre Dame gargoyles. The constructions  double as purposeful rain spouts.

Maybe St. Ambrose, the patron saint of bees and beekeepers, was protecting an eye fixed out for the beloved bugs of Notre Dame.


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