In a word: OUCH!
Last Wednesday, Kristen Beauregard - a resident of Pantego, Texas - took one of her two miniature horses out for a ride when she and the animal were attacked by a swarm of bees. A huge swarm of bees. Like 30,000 of them, according to officials.
“They were chasing us down, they were following us,” Beauregard told The Star-Telegram. “We swept up piles and piles of them. ... It was like a bad movie.”
Beauregard was stung about 200 times, her boyfriend was victimized 50 times and both of the couple's horses were killed.
It's unclear what prompted the bee outbreak, as many of the attackers are now being tested to determined if they are Africanized.
Beauregard said she noticed nothing out of the ordinary until her horse kicked and jumped and a dark cloud of bees appeared. She leaped into a pool with the animal to take cover.
“It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees,” Kristen, 44, said. “We were trying to stand up in the water but every time we stuck our heads out for air, they would cover us and start stinging us. We were trying to breathe and they were stinging us in the face and in the nose.”
Beauregard ran into the house and watched helplessly as the bees went after the horse she had been on and the other one owned by her and her unidentified boyfriend, who called 911.
In addition to the horses, the bees killed five hens.
Beauregard praised emergency responders for their efforts and is recovering from her wounds. She describes the entire ordeal as "incredibly painful," both physically and emotionally.