Killer bees have killed two horses in Texas, in an incident that has shocked locals and further highlighted the dangers associated with the bees in the region.
According to reports, the two horses were "so covered in bees they shimmered" before being completely overcome and succumbing to the mass of bees stings they were forced to endure.
The two horses were called Chip and Trump, and belonged to owner, Kristen Beauregard, 44. She herself was stung a horrifying 200 times trying to protect her horses in the attack, which is believed to have included more than 30,000 bees.
Beauregard's boyfriend was also injured in the bee swarm attack, and he was stung about 50 times.
Beauregard has said, "They were chasing us down, they were following us. We swept up piles and piles of them… it was like a bad movie."
The attack took place as the North Texas woman was exercising Chip in the local area. However, the mass swarm of killer bees then moved in and attacked them, covering the horse, repeatedly stinging it.
The owner even described thow she and her boyfriend attempted to jump into a pool to try and get the bees away, but they were undeterred and continued their fierce attack.
Beauregard said, "It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees… We were trying 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."
Equine veterinarian Patricia Tersteeg attempted to save the horse, but was unable to help Chip recover from the severe injuries. She said, "He was so overwhelmed by bites that his body could not handle it… That's way too much for any 250-pound mammal to survive."
The other horse, Trump, managed to survive the initial attack, but died the following night.
As well as the two horses, and the two adults who were attacked, it has been reported that five hens were also killed by the killer bees.
The killer bees are currently being tested to determine if they are "Africanized" strains.