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Wednesday July 23rd 2014

Golf and the Japanese Giant Hornet

I was most surprised to read that Japan’s hornets are the largest in the world and can be quite deadly.

No wonder then, that the spectators at the Kansai Open golf tournament were quite concerned when hornets honed for the attack as they watched Ryo Ishikawa defend his championship over the weekend.

A total of 11 spectators at the Takarazuka Golf Club in Hyogo Prefecture were stung during the incident.

Japanese Giant Hornet
Japanese Giant Hornet

Between 20 and 40 people die each year in Japan from the venom of a giant hornet. Not good for the concentration at the golf at all.

Photo by Graeme Bird at the British Open 2009
Photo by Graeme Bird at the British Open 2009

Reminds me of when the cricket was interrupted by a swarm of bees a few years ago in Sri Lanka.
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