A Chinese beekeeper has earned himself a Guinness World Record title after coating his body with a 109.05kg bee mantle in the early hours of the morning on May 25 in Tan’an city, Shandong province.
Gao Bingguo spread honey on his body to attract the first round of queen bees that were poured on to him with the aid of helpers. Not long after, swarms of worker bees followed, covering the entirety of his body to create a bee suit of sorts, ifeng News reports.
The spectacle may be painful for onlookers to watch, but Gao told reporters that the challenge was just another day in the life of the beekeeper. Well, not really—he’d practiced the stunt more than 60 times.
Gao was stung over 2,000 times in the process, or so he says.
After the bees were removed, the beekeeper immediately immersed himself in a tub of warm water to ease the pain of the stings.
Gao, who’s in his 50s, has been raising bees for over 30 years and has attempted on multiple occasions to outdo himself in breaking the “bee cloak” record.
He previously set a world record by covering himself with 32.6kg of bees last year.
By Lucy Liu
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