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The 18-year-old African who can tame honey bees

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Tamirat Getachew from Ethiopia is just 18 years but has a rare ability that has wowed many across Africa.

He is able to tame honey bees and this is fast gaining popularity among not only people in his hometown of Asosa but beyond Ethiopia.

Tamirat does this by allowing the insects to swarm his bare chest and head without wearing any kind of protection.

“It’s a gift,” Tamirat told the BBC explaining that sometimes he will even let the bees enter his mouth.

“I have a special ability to put bees on myself without covering my lips and ears,” he was quoted by the BBC.

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But surprisingly Tamirat only got introduced to bees five years ago.

“They came and settled on my body as I passed by [the bee farm] and they started paying attention to what I was saying,” he revealed.

But according to Tamirat, he does nothing to draw bees in. ”They just understand who I am. Bees are like humans to those who approach them.”

Photo: Tamirat Getachew

Bees especially the females would usually sting by triggering wound and pain by puncturing the skin. Bee stings however differ from insect bites, with the venom of stinging they give.

The honey bee however dies after it stings a person because the bee’s stinger gets stuck in the skin, and unable to disconnect the stinger from the rest of its body.

As a result, the bee’s abdomen and stinger pull away from the rest of its body, which causes the bee to die.

Not all bees die after they sting you. In some instances, a bee can sting you more than once if it feels threatened.

It is always appropriate to try to protect your face by shielding your nose, mouth and eyes when you come under attack from bees.

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