Running a bee farm is no easy operation, especially when there are large clawed thieves that keep sneaking onto your property and taking your merchandise.
Yet, how do you stop them? Bears love honey! Just ask Whinny the Poo! Many beekeepers face the issue of stopping bears from raiding their bee hives on a regular basis.
As adorable as these apex predators may be, they can cause thousands of dollars in damages on bee farms.
Bee keeper Ibrahim Sedef came up with a creative way to keep bears out of his beehives – and it’s so adorable that it’s now going viral. He enlisted them as his honey tasters!
According to news outlet DHA, Mr. Sedef resides in Trabzon, Turkey and operates as an agricultural engineer in the beekeeping industry.
For a long time now, he’s been battling the local bears who constantly trash his hives in order to sink their teeth into that deliciously sticky honey.
For years, he kept trying new things to protect the hives from the bears. His first attempt was to put metal cages around them, thinking this would keep the bears from reaching the buzz-worthy hives. It didn’t take long before they figured out how to open the cages…
In addition, he tried leaving out food around the property to try and fill the bears up and lure them away from the hives. He left out bread, fruit, and even easily accessible honey.
Despite all of his attempts, the bears were still thrashing some of the hives in order to get their claws on the raw stuff.
That’s when Sedef decided to take the time to educate himself on the movements and behaviors of the bears. To do so, he equipped his property with photo trap cameras and carefully tracked the bears roaming his bee farm at night.
After watching the bears for quite some time, he noticed that the bears were rather selective about which foods they took.
That’s when Sedef started working out a plan to put the bears to work for him – a plan that the Internet is loving because it’s literally adorable.
He turned the bears into his workers, taste tasters of his honey. After all, no one knows good tasting honey like a bear!
He joked that bears offer the best way to “test your honey, neutral… and free of charge.”
He used a picnic table to set up four different kinds of honey for the bears to taste test, he placed a label on each one. Turns out, the bears have quite expensive taste when it comes to honey. Time and time again, they were drawn to the priciest honey of the bunch.
Sedef told DHA that the bears are especially attracted to the smell of the Anzer honey. This is the one they always taste first, no matter where he puts it in the line up. Sometimes they don’t even bother with the cherry blossom honey.
Wondering just how much Anzer honey sells for? Two pounds of the mouth-watering honey will cost you over $300. And you can imagine how much of it big bears can eat – now that’s an expensive date!
In Turkey, Anza is considered the best honey in the world. It’s still not the most expensive honey in the world though.
That title goes to Elvish honey, which is also produced in Turkey, but in the walls of an 1,800 meter deep cave in the Saricayir valley of Artvin City. Each kilogram of Elvish honey will cost you just under $1,000!
Anzer honey is in high demand in Turkey, as well as around the world. This type of honey is said to be good for a variety of diseases, especially respiratory diseases. It’s also said to help protect the liver and treat tonsil infections.
The Anzer Plateau sits at a high altitude that is ideal for making yummy honey. In addition, it is home to 40 endemic flower species and hundreds of unique plants.
Watch the bears in action below: