Professional beekeeper Erika Thompson went viral on social media after she posted a video of herself in which she removed a swarm of bees with her bare hands. On Instagram and Facebook, Erika shared the video that has garnered thousands of views.

“After a big storm, a swarm of bees settled under an umbrella in the courtyard of an apartment complex. Two separate concerned residents contacted me and asked me to rescue the bees to make sure they wouldn’t be exterminated. About halfway through this removal, I realised these bees needed more than just a new home…these bees needed a new queen,” Erika said in the caption of her post.

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As seen in the video, she removed the bees carefully with her bare hands and put them in her apiary, “so they could continue the important work they do in a place that’s safer for them and for people.”

In the comments section of Erika’s post, which has garnered over 81,000 shares and 4 lakh likes, people applauded her and said, “You do such great work. Thank you so much! It is so inspiring. I had recently started caring for a hive and it is so rewarding to watch them grow and thrive!”