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180,000 bees living in Notre Dame’s roof survive fire

Saturday, April 20th 2019, 11:21 am - A hopeful development has emerged as the cathedral recovers

Nearly 200,000 bees were found alive below Notre Dame's main roofing on Friday.

Three beehives were installed in Notre Dame during 2013 as part of a city-wide initiative to boost dwindling bee numbers in the city.

The monument's beekeeper, Nicholas Geant, explained to the CNN that bees do not have lungs, and the carbon dioxide in the fire's smoke simply sedated them.

Geant says that European bees never abandon their hives and protect their queen while feasting on honey when they sense fire.

The beehives were located away from the center of the fire, and while it has not been confirmed that all of the bees have survived, Geant is thrilled that the beehives were unharmed and has spotted several bees flying in and out of the building.

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