Hundreds of thousands of bees living in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris have survived the devastating fire erupting earlier this week, confirmed French beekeepers.
The ca. 180,000 bees were apparently drunk by the smoke from the flames Notre Dame beekeeping Nicolas Geant told The Associated Press on Friday.
"It's a great day. I'm so relieved," he said. "I saw satellite photographs showing that the three by-products did not burn."
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"Instead of killing them, CO2 is from smoke) making them full, putting them in bed," explained he.
Beeopic, a Paris-based township company, wrote about the surviving bees on his Instagram page Thursday.
"Our bees in Notre Dame Cathedral still live," the post said in French. "Site Manager Confirmation !! Our Lady's Bees Are Still Living!"
The day before, the company had set up a satellite image of the by-products still intact on the sacristy roof, but said that the fate of the bees was not known at that time.
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Although smoke is harmless to bees – and is often used by beekeepers to sedate the colony to access their rivers – excessive heat can kill them by melting the wax protecting the rivers. European bees, unlike some other species, remain with their colony in times of danger.
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"When bees are on fire, they turn on honey and remain to protect their queen who doesn't move," explained Geant.
"I saw how big the flames were, so I immediately thought it would kill the bees. Though they were 30 meters [nearly 100 feet] lower than the upper roof, the wax melts in the nettles at 63 degrees Celsius [145.4 Fahrenheit]" added he.
But when Notre Dame officials came to the roof, they found bees buzzing in and out of their hives.
"I wouldn't call it a miracle, but I'm very, very happy," says Geant.
The river leaves, which produce about 165 pounds of honey each year, were added to the sacristy as part of a Paris-wide initiative to increase falling bees. Hives was also introduced to Paris' gilded opera.
Investigators in Paris said on Thursday that they believe an electrical short circuit is probably the cause of the massive fire in the cathedral, even though an investigation is underway.
Fox News & # 39; Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.