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My other half and I went for an explore this morning to see how much damage others had suffered in the forest fire two days ago. We found this on my friend's land. I was totally gobsmacked that this hive was not only unscathed, but still occupied. It was only a few days old as my friend had caught a wild swarm of bees and then asked us for a trip to town to buy a new hive to put them in. We found out later that one of the firemen had picked the whole thing up and moved it to safety, complete with its occupants, and then returned it to its rightful place after the fire had gone out.

Brave man!

This traditional cork hive was still occupied, too!

This one was on the bottom of our land, trying to catch itself a wild swarm. I don't think there's much chance of finding one in there at the moment!

There's still plenty of flowers left for them though!

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Maybe the firefighter was aided by the smoke keeping the bees quiet while he moved the hive. That's quite the story! Great pics, too.
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