Pen­sioner killed by hor­nets

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

A WHEEL­CHAIR-bound Ja­panese pen­sioner has died af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a swarm of Asian gi­ant hor­nets.

Chieko Kikuchi, 87, was be­ing taken back home from a nursing fa­cil­ity in western Ehime Pre­fec­ture on Thurs­day when they de­scended on her.

A carer, who was es­cort­ing her at the time, and paramedics who were called to the scene watched help­lessly as she was stung about 150 times dur­ing the or­deal.

Even­tu­ally the in­sects re­treated and Mrs Kikuchi was rushed to hos­pi­tal but died of her in­juries the fol­low­ing day.

The swarm came from a nest that was at­tached to a build­ing near the woman’s home.

A forestry agency of­fi­cial said hor­nets of­ten at­tacked when peo­ple got too close to their nests.

“To avoid get­ting stung by hor­nets, you should keep away from their nests, wear pro­tec­tive jack­ets and use a wasp killer spray,” he said.

Some 20 peo­ple die from hor­net stings ev­ery year in Ja­pan.

MEN­AC­ING: A gi­ant hor­net.

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