Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rwanda Beekeeper Sparked Fire, Endangered Gorillas

BBC News reports that fire fighting crews in Rwanda have contained wildfires that were set off accidentally by a beekeeper, who was smoking bees out of a hive to collect honey. Reports said groups of gorillas had been seen fleeing the flames, but they don't say whether it it was Lowland (probable), or Mountain Gorillas that were affected.
Rwanda's tourism chief Rosette Rugamba said 4,000 people had taken part in the emergency response - including local officials and government ministers.

She said the fires were under control but not completely extinguished.
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"He tried to put it out by himself but he failed. He is the one who broke the news about the fire," she said.

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