I have just been talking to Harold and Pat and they are still fuming about how the whole "Bee Attack" incident was reported and they still have no idea who went to the papers with the story. Poor Harold is still on medication to get rid of the "itch" he sustained from the hammering he received, but he looks OK and and his stirring ability seems unimpaired. They said that a certain government department wanted to get involved and have an autopsy performed on the horses, but the vet refused to exhume them as he already knew full well what was their cause of death. This department also recommended taking action against the commercial beekeeper whose hives were 2 paddocks away and more than likely completely innocent (especially based on his bees' track record over the last few decades of being gentle). Of course, that went down well with the Chilcotts ...NOT!! :evil:
It appears that the guilty bees came from the bush behind where the horses were. The horses were last seen dozing around their water trough minding their business, but they were in the flightpath of the bees. The swarm must have continued down the road as the excavator driver that had just buried the horses drove through them on the way home.
Pat has a few samples of the hot little girls, so I will take their portraits to post here. From Pat's description, it sounds like they are pretty dark coloured.