UN-BEE-LIEVABLE; HONEY TRAP.
Last year a whopping 58,500 animals were stolen in the UK by brazen thieves. As well as sheep, horses and llamas, reports show 30,000 bees were also snatched from their habitats.
It seems our dwindling bee population offers the allure of cash. Each colony of bees has the potential to be sold on the black market for up to PS500 as the value of honey increases. Although bees and farmyard animals make up almost half of the stolen animals, there are reports of exotic alpacas, bearded dragon lizards, love birds, lobsters and royal pythons being stolen.
Director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Mimi Bekhech said: 'Animal theft is an alarming epidemic. They [thieves] flog animals to just about anyone.' We wish they'd buzz off.