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xoxoxoBruce Sunday Dec 6 01:30 AM
December 6th, 2015: To BEE or Not To Bee
You know Elephants aren't really scared of mice, that's bullshit folklore, but do you know what they are scared of... Bees.
What? Big old Elephants with inch thick hide? I'm sure you know what a bee sting feels like, how do you think it would feel
inside your nose? Think of the Elephant's nose.
Now subsistence farming is a tough life, just getting by in good years and people starve in bad. If a pack of Pachyderms raids
your field at night, people you love will starve. The second thing about these farmers is they're broke. As in no money to
build fences to discourage the Hungry Heffalumps, and if they do manage to build a fence of sorts, once the crop consumers
get in, it's harder to chase them out. Bottom line, Elephants or people die... too often both.
Save The Elephants has a plan... the Bee Fence
The Beehive Fences are simple and cheap, made with no cement and using only locally sourced materials.
Hives, or dummy hives, are hung every ten meters and linked together in a specific formation so that should
an elephant touch one of the hives, or interconnecting wire, the beehives all along the fence line will swing
and release the bees.
We have field tested this Beehive Fence design in three rural farming communities in Kenya with over 80%
success rate. Any type of beehive can be used although our project focuses on using Kenyan Top Bar Hives
and Langstroth Hives as they swing efficiently in the Beehive Fence and provide optimum honey yields for
the farmers. Beehive Fences are cheap to construct costing approximately $150 to $500 per 100m
depending on what types of beehives are used.
It's not all honey and roses though, it takes time for bees to move into these hives, even when they have premade combs, and
all kinds of other insects and critters will try to move in first. When the hives get full of honey they sag due to makeshift materials
which makes them vulnerable to Honey Badgers among other things. The fence doesn't work as well at higher altitudes because
the bees that live there are much slower to anger. Plus they bees have to be given food and fresh water so they won't move out
during the dry season. But saving lives is worth it, Elephants and Humans.
Clodfobble Sunday Dec 6 09:20 AM
You know Elephants aren't really scared of mice, that's bullshit folklore,
sexobon Sunday Dec 6 12:45 PM
Maybe mice will get into elephants' noses too!
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Dec 6 01:15 PM
Bullshit, the elephant sees something it's never seen before, a bright white unknown which is unnatural, of course it's going to avoid it. Why didn't they use a normal brown mouse the elephant sees in the wild? Because the elephant gives no fucks about mice.
sexobon Sunday Dec 6 02:22 PM
So, elephants are only afraid of albino mice.
infinite monkey Sunday Dec 6 02:23 PM
White mice matter!
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Dec 6 03:20 PM
Elephants don't see albino mice, they get eaten immediately.
sexobon Sunday Dec 6 03:27 PM
Albino mice have voracious appetites.
lumberjim Wednesday Dec 9 10:31 AM
Originally Posted by infinite monkey
White mice matter!
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