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Bee keeper couldn't get bears to stop eating his honey, hires them as taste testers instead
It turns out that bears have quite an expensive taste when it comes to honey.
Rozzette Cabrera
09.02.19

Bears just couldn’t resist honey. Although they are generally considered as carnivores, they will still go to extreme lengths just to get their regular fix of honey- and that includes breaking into people’s bee farms.

Ibrahim Sedef, an agricultural engineer in Trabzon, Turkey, is into beekeeping. One day, he noticed that his honey stock was getting mysteriously low.

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Upon investigating, he realized who the culprits were. The bears in his area are eating away his stock.

Ibrahim tried a lot of ways to keep the big animals away from his property and his honey.

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First, he tried putting metal cages around the honey. He thought that it’s going to be an effective way to keep the bears from reaching his supply.

It didn’t take long for the clever bears to learn how to open Ibrahim’s cages.

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Then, he tried to leave food outside. He thought that filling up the bears would keep them far away from the hives. Ibrahim left fruit, honey, and bread around his property.

Despite everything he’s done, the bears couldn’t resist clawing their way to his honey stick.

Ibrahim decided to do his own study and figure out the bears’ behaviors and movements. He invested in photo trap cameras so he can carefully observe how the bears go around his bee farm.

After some time, he realized that the bears were picky when it comes to honey. That’s when he created a plan that’ll benefit not just him but the bears, too.

He decided to hire them as taste testers!

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He placed a picnic table outside and there, he set up about four types of honey. They were all properly labeled.

In his simple research, he found that the bears have an expensive taste. No matter which types of honey he used, they always get to the priciest one.

They are specifically attracted to the Anzer honey.

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No matter what types of honey he lined up, it’s always the first one they go to. In some cases, they even bother to check out the others.

In general, two pounds of the said honey can cost about $300. Considering how much bears would eat, you’d end up losing business if you’re keeping a bee farm like Ibrahim.

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Anzer honey is considered to be an in-demand commodity in Turkey. It’s believed to possess healing properties. It can help protect the liver, manage respiratory diseases, and even treat infections of the tonsils.

Despite its cost, Anzer honey isn’t the most expensive type of honey globally. It’s the Elvish honey and it costs $1,000 per kilogram. It doesn’t just make an excellent sweetener but it also makes a good remedy for allergies. A lot of people swear by it.

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By Rozzette Cabrera
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Rozzette Cabrera is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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