As the story about the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris continues to unfold, we’re happy to report that the church’s smallest residents have survived the blaze. There were around 200,000 bees living in hives on the cathedral’s roof and they were initially thought to have died in the fire, but it turns out they made it.
Nicolas Géant, Notre Dame’s beekeeper, confirms the bee colony is alive and buzzing. He’s been looking after the cathedral’s three bee hives since they were installed back in 2013 as part of an initiative to boost bee numbers across Paris. He says that the location of the hives, which sit on top of the sacristy by Notre Dame’s south side, kept them safe from the flames.