Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Chinese Army Kills Asian Hornets' Nest With Fire

Chinese Army Kills Asian Hornets' Nest With Fire

Via SFGate July 31, 2012

A large colony of giant Asian hornets had killed one man and stung many other people in the small town of Tsz Wan Yuen Tsuen in the Jiangin district of China. The hornets have a very painful sting that is about 6mm (1/4 inch) deep and can include a lethal dosage of venom. Authorities tracked down the insect infestation to a single nest in the village. However, the nest was too large and too high above the ground to manually destroy. So the Chinese army brought in a flamethrower and they killed it with fire:



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8 comments:

  1. LOL. My brain just asploded with such an overload of hilarious awesomeness!

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  2. haha. looks like a lot of fun. i want to do this.

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  3. KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

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  4. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has not seen this much action since Tiananmen Square.

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  5. They're lucky they didn't start a damn forest fire!

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  6. These Giant Asian Hornets are called Suzume Bachi (sparrow bees) here in Japan.

    Most Japanese people have the wacky idea these hornets are as lethal as cobras. In my office in Hitachi, I was the only person who would attempt swatting them with a newspaper. Even the most macho of the salarymen would scream like a schoolgirl at the sight of one of these hornets. Wimps.

    Once in my office I caught one these Japanese giant hornets in a wide-mouth bottle. Then let Giant "Killer" Hornet sting me just to prove it wouldn't kill me.

    The string of the Giant Asian Hornets was EXACTLY what I expected. It was about 2-3 times stronger than a regular wasp/hornet sting (since it was 2-3 times larger than a regular hornet). In other words, it was no fucking big deal.

    Disclaimer: I have worked with honey bees, removed dozens of wasp nests, and once sat on a ground wasp nest (receiving more than 80+ stings without any repercussions).

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  7. Thank you Mr. T. I guess the next time something like this happens, the Chinese army should call you! :)

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