Teen saves Bumblebee and now she won’t leave her, even sleeping in a jar by her bed
A teenager who rescued a bumblebee says he’s now a loyal pet, following her around and even sleeping in a jar by her bed.
It all started two weeks ago when 13-year-old Lacey Shillinglaw spotted the big bumblebee lying on the road while walking her dog. She picked up the bee and noticed that it had a crumpled wing.
She tried to put it somewhere safer, on some flowers in a nearby park, but it refused to stay put, buzzing towards Lacey and crawling over her, and after an hour she gave up and went home. with the creature perched on his shoulder.
Despite repeated attempts to let the bug out, the buzzy friend refused to leave Lacey’s side. Now recovered and named Betty, he follows her around the shops and even stayed with Lacey during bowling matches with 14 friends.
She stayed on Lacey for both games, for two and a half hours.
“I’m so happy and love spending my time with her,” said the girl from Coventry, West Midlands. “She’s so fluffy and I love our friendship.”
On the way home, Betty was perched on the girl’s glasses as she walked into her local store to buy milk, shocking other shoppers.
The insect apparently enjoys munching on Lacey’s food, but also feeds on sweet water, honey, and strawberry jam. Lacey takes her girlfriend to the garden to feast on flower nectar, but as soon as the teenager comes inside, Betty is right next to her.
At night, Lacey places Betty in a small pot next to her bed, and although there is no cover, the animal stays put until morning.
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During the day, Betty nestles on Lacey’s neck, or on the inside of her sleeve, between the buzzes around the living room.
“It’s absolutely lovely and also crazy,” said her mother, Laura. “Betty climbs into Lacey’s long hair like it’s some kind of jungle.
“She’s on her 90% of the time during the day, including her face, her glasses and even between her toes. It is so beautiful, simply magnificent.
Betty apparently even enjoys a kick between the wings, but stays away from the rest of the family – mom, dad, and two younger siblings.
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“We have a lot of doors open and she just never left – I don’t know why,” Laura said.
Bumblebees sting, and unlike bees, they can sting you repeatedly without dying, but that never happened as these two became Bee-FFs.
“Betty is totally amazing, I will remember her forever,” says Lacey.
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