Swarm of thousands of bees lands downtown

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CHICAGO -- A swarm of thousands of bees descended on the Loop Monday, taking over a light pole near a Michigan Avenue Divvy station.

While it's shocking to see so many bees in one place, a local beekeeper (yes, they exist) says it's really nothing to worry about because the bees are unlikely to sting.

"They don't have anything to fight for, so they're really really gentle," said Namaan Gambill, a beekeeper with the Westside Bee Boyz. "It's a natural reproduction of a hive is all that it is."

Most of the bees had been carted off by another beekeeper by the time Gambill arrived on the scene, according to DNAinfo. Gambill wasn't surprised, and said the swarm probably came from one of many hives around the city.

"There's estimates of around a thousand beekepeers in the Chicagoland area," he said.

Gambill used pheromones from a queen bee to lead the remaining bees into a box, where they will be carted away to join another hive.

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