This is confirmed by the beekeeper in charge of the hives of the Notre-Dame cathedral, this Thursday 18th April, 2019
Survivors The some 200,000 bees that populate the hives of Notre-Dame cathedral resisted the fire that destroyed the roof of the building, Monday , April 15, 2019. This is what the beekeeper announced. the charge to AFP .
“The bees are alive. Until Thursday morning, around 11 am, I had no news, said Nicolas Geant. At first, I thought they had burned. But then I could see on the satellite images that it was not the case and the spokesman of the cathedral confirmed to me that they came in and out of the hives. ”
These are located under the sacristy adjoining the cathedral.
Nos abeilles de la Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris sont toujours en vie !! Confirmation de la part des responsables du site !! ❤🐝❤
— Beeopic (@Beeopic) April 18, 2019
They would not have abandoned their hives
These bees (European species) would have anyway not abandoned their territory, says the beekeeper. “In the event of a fire and at the first signs of smoke, bees gorge themselves on honey and protect their queen. They do not have lungs but CO2 puts them to sleep. ”
A real comfort for Nicolas Géant, who looks forward to seeing his protégés next week.