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World'Still alive!': Notre Dame's 180,000 bees survive cathedral fire

18:05  19 april  2019
18:05  19 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Some 180 , 000 bees that lived inside the hives atop Notre Dame Cathedral have survived the destructive fire that ripped through the 850-year-old structure earlier "Our bees from the Cathedral Notre - Dame De Paris are still alive !!" Cathedral Notre Dame wrote in French on Instagram.

Paris (CNN) The bees that live on the roof of Notre Dame are alive and buzzing, having survived the devastating fire that ripped through the cathedral Each hive has about 60, 000 bees . Geant said the hives were not touched by the blaze because they are located about 30 meters below the main roof

Notre Dame Cathedral's bees, kept in hives on the historic church's roof, survived the fire earlier this week, the beekeeper says.

"I am so relieved. I saw satellite photos that showed the three hives didn’t burn. I thought they had gone with the cathedral," Nicolas Geant told the Associated Press on Friday.

The 180,000 bees live in three hives on Notre Dame's roof as part of an effort since 2013 to help prevent bee die-off.

"I got a call from Andre Finot, the spokesman for Notre Dame, who said there were bees flying in and out of the hives which means they are still alive!" Geant told CNN.

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PARIS — The beekeeper of Notre Dame Cathedral is in limbo waiting to hear the fate of his roughly 180 , 000 " Notre - Dame ' s bees are still alive ," Beeopic wrote on the Instagram post. Géant said he has been flooded with messages from all around the world asking if the insects had survived the fire .

“Our bees from the Cathedral Notre - Dame De Paris are still alive !!” the caption said. “Confirmation from the site’ s officials!! “There are about 60, 000 bees per hive, and we have three of them,” Géant told the outlet. “I think and I hope the bees survived ….There has been a great relationship between

The hives are located on a sacristy roof about 100 feet below the main roof that burned, which allowed them to endure the fire, he told CNN.

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While the hives are safe, Geant told CNN he still needs to inspect the site.

Bees have no lungs and carbon dioxide in smoke sedates them, according to Geant. European bees don't abandon their hives, and when they sense fire, they "gorge themselves on honey" and protect their queen, he told the AP.

Monday's fire at Notre Dame torched the cathedral's roof, but the structure of the church still stands after firefighters quelled the flames. French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild in five years, though some architecture experts say it may take at least a decade.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Still alive!': Notre Dame's 180,000 bees survive cathedral fire

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