The hazards of a big place like New York city are numerous and as the NYPD has found they need to have, amongst their officers, guys and gals who can step in and do a whole heap of things most of us never think about. Enter Dectective Anthony Planakas who is the NYPD’s vrey own bee whisperer. He been doing this ever since 1994, when he graduated, but the NYPD did not teach him his skills, they were homegrown. They were however delighted to find out what he could do with bees and promptly made him the person to call when needed.
Ever since hes been on call during the bee season which is from March – September. So far this year he’s responded to 25 call out’s. In honor of his exceptional bee whispering skills, he called, by all and sundry ‘Tony Bees’
Bees of course get into all sorts of situations which cause them to swarm and then Tony Bees has to do his stuff. He has to get right up the top of tree, usually with a bit of mechanical help, i and into very narrow areas between buildings. Anywhere those bees have swarmed in fact, not matter how hard it is for Tony Bees to get to. He wears protective clothing but he also has to thrust one unprotected arm into a swarm so they can trust his scent. So yes, he’s had quite a few stings already this year.
He really loves working with bees and he has four hives in his backyard. He admires the complex social organization of a bee hive and he finds working with them very soothing.
of course he’s not so keen on all the tricky and downright dangerous spots he has to get into to save a swarm that’s in trouble but he does it anyway. Thank you Tony Bees. Thank you for being so willing to help New York bees when they need it, not to mention the walking, talking New Yorkers who are just a tad worried when thousands of bees turn up in their neighborhood.