A teenager who rescued a bumblebee says it is now a loyal pet, following her everywhere and even sleeping in a jar by her bedside.
It all started two weeks ago when 13-year-old Lacey Shillinglaw saw the large bumblebee lying on the road while walking her dog. He picked up the bee and noticed that it had a wrinkled wing.
He tried to put it in a safer spot, on some flowers in a nearby park, but it refused to stay still, buzzing at Lacey and crawling over her, and after an hour he gave up and headed home with the creature perched. on his shoulder.
Despite repeated attempts to shut the bug out, the spirited friend has refused to leave Lacey’s side. Now recovered and named Betty, he follows her to the shops and even stayed with Lacey during games at the bowling alley with 14 friends.
He stayed with Lacey during both games, for two and a half hours.
“I am very happy and I love spending my time with her,” said the girl from Coventry, West Midlands. “She is so fluffy and I love our friendship.”
On the way home, Betty was sitting on the girl’s glasses when she went into her local store to buy milk, surprising other shoppers.
The bug apparently enjoys nibbling on Lacey’s food, but it also feeds on sugar water, honey, and strawberry jam. Lacey takes her friend out to the garden to feast on flower nectar, but as soon as the teen walks back inside, Betty is by her side.
At night, Lacey accommodates Betty in a small pot next to her bed and, although it has no lid, the animal stays put until morning.
During the day, Betty snuggles into the back of Lacey’s neck, or inside her sleeve, buzzing around the living room.
“He’s completely charming and also crazy,” said his mother, Laura. “Betty crawls up Lacey’s long hair like she’s some kind of jungle.
“She is at her 90% of the time during the day, including her face, glasses, and even between her toes. It’s so beautiful, just beautiful. “
Betty apparently even enjoys a bump between the wings, but she stays away from the rest of the family: Mom, Dad, and two younger brothers.
“We have all the doors open a lot and she has never left, I have no idea why,” Laura said.
Bumblebees sting and unlike bees they can sting you repeatedly without dying, but this has never happened because these two have become Bee-FF.
“Betty is totally amazing; I will remember this forever,” says Lacey.
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