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Bee keepers work into the night to remove huge hive from CBD skyscraper

Workers with Busy Bee Co. prepare to go up 10 stories. (Thomas Hartfield) Workers with Busy Bee Co. prepare to go up 10 stories. (Thomas Hartfield)
Lift used to reach hive of estimated 70,000 bees. (FOX 8 Photo) Lift used to reach hive of estimated 70,000 bees. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Beekepers worked into the night Tuesday to extract bees from a huge hive at the top of the city's oldest skyscraper.

On Carondelet at the old Maritime Building, bee keepers brought in equipment for a job that was ten stories up.

“I been doing this about seven years,” said Thomas Hatfield with the Busy Bee Company. “To go 10 stories up should be interesting.”

“We do this every night, the bee side of things,” said Bee Company worker Ryan Abadie. “I'm not worried about it. All we have to do is suit up and we're ready to go.”

Workers waited until dark, when the bees are calmer, then deployed a lift to go up 140 feet in the air.

“With a hive like this it's going to take two to three hours depending what they find out there,” said Craig Forsythe.

It took almost half an hour to reach their target and little smoke to disorient the bees. Bee keepers then used a gentle vacuum to extract the bees and transfer them.

They estimate there were about 70,000 bees in the hive.

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