An Indian beekeper has so much faith in his bug companions that he allows 60,000 of them to cover his face. The 24-year-old, known as Nature M.S., considers bees to be his “best buddies,” and claims they do not see him as a ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ. Nature has been keeping bees on his face since he was seven years old, and the technique has impressed his boyhood pals in Kerala.
He also holds the Guinness World Record for the most period spent with his head completely covered with bees, at four hours, ten minutes, and five seconds. Even expert beekeepers can have ꜰᴀᴛᴀʟ ᴀʟʟᴇʀɢɪᴄ responses, but Nature seems unconcerned about stings on his lips or eyelids, claiming he is to fault for any stings rather than the bees.
He claims his father, Sajayakumar, is an award-winning beekeeper and honey producer who first exposed him to the buzzing critters. Nature, who has a sibling named Nectar, claimed the first time he was swarmed by bees was when he placed a queen on his hand.
‘Within 15 minutes, a swarm of buzzing insects gathered over and coated my arm,’ he claimed. They were on my hand, looking for the queen and protecting her. The next day, I performed a similar act with the queen on my head, and my entire head and face were coated in seconds.’
‘My father’s counsel usually comes to mind and calms me down. My father always told me to be gentle with the bees and to treat them as if they were friends. He also instructed me to take deep breaths and to never lose patience or succumb to terror.
It wasn’t easy at first, but I never felt weird; in fact, I felt wonderful. I had no trouble seeing anything with those on my face, and I even performed a short stroll and a dance. I’ve been fascinated by honeybees from my first encounter. I had built a particular affinity with honeybees even before I learned that their stings are ʜᴀᴢᴀʀᴅᴏᴜs.’
Nature claims he has been stung by bees, yet it is his responsibility, not theirs when this occurs. ‘Without any fault of my own, a bee would never sting me at all,’ he remarked. His love of bees has driven him to pursue academic studies in apiculture, and he is presently pursuing a master’s degree at a college in Bangalore, India.
He aspires to acquire a degree in this discipline in order to conserve bees and understand more about them and bee raising. ‘Honey is the favorite and sweetest item in the world for people, everyone likes honey,’ remarked Nature. Bees are my best friends, and I hope that others could love them as much as I do.
My father and I began pushing for bee conservation and the necessity of beekeeping. Because bees sting, many people are afraid of them. Honeybees are important insects in civilization, and it is our responsibility to safeguard them. The environment could not feed us all without honeybees.’