Best East Bay Extreme Pet Fad

Alameda County Beekeepers Association

Poisonous snakes and pythons, potbelly pigs and piranhas — the
extreme pets of the past look so dated now. How about this? A pet that
has remained as stubbornly feral as it was when prehistoric humans
first tried taming it. A pet that will routinely attack even its owner
with a suicidal viciousness, one that easily escapes confinement, and
kills people around the world every year. Now multiply that one pet by
about 100,000 — that’s what owning a beehive means. Yet despite
that, or maybe because of it, the honeybee seems to be this year’s
fastest-growing extreme pet. William Smith, president of the Alameda
County Beekeepers Association, says that “three or four years ago, we
might have had a dozen members at a typical meeting. Lately, we’ve had
more than 50, with at least 100 members actively keeping bees.”

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