Bears Became Honey Taste Testers
When you think about bears and honey, you immediately think about Winnie-the-Pooh, just like him, real bears love the stuff. Turkish beekeeper and engineer, Ibrahim Sedef, found out the hard way because he always had to replace his damaged beehives. He was tired of spending money on repairing them. He came up with a plan to use the bears to his advantage. Why pay some people to taste test your honey when you have hungry, honey experts that really enjoy eating it. Instead of getting something to keep the bears away from his beehives, he decided to take advantage of them. He protected his hives and learned more about the honey his bees were producing.
Because bears won’t stop at anything to get some honey, they will destroy anything from keeping them away from it. People who take great care of their bees and beehives do everything they can to stop the hungry beasts from demolishing their hives. No matter how much fences or barricades you put in front of the hives, the bears will find a way to get to them. Mr. Sedef is one of these people who enjoy keeping bees and is passionate about the profession. Where he is located in Trabzon, Turkey, he also has a lot of bears who come around searching for honey and other food. When he first noticed that bears destroy his beehives, he tried almost everything to stop them. Putting the hives in cages and leaving other food for the bears elsewhere on his property, but nothing worked. Because he is an agricultural engineer, his only hope of saving his bees and honey was technology.
Mr. Sedef put up cameras all over his property, and the majority of them were near the place he kept his beehives. With the use of the footage, he could calculate where the bears came from, where they are likely to go first, and how they always managed to break in to get to the beehives. With all this data, he managed to come up with a way to draw the bears away from the hives and stop them from demolishing everything. Because he saw that putting the beehives in cages didn’t work and leaving fruits and bread was useless he decided to give them what they came for. Away from the beehives, he set up a table where he left jams, and honey in a variety of flavors. The samples he was leaving for the bears worked amazingly, and it would turn out that they, in a way, would be working for Mr. Sedef. He knew that this method would work, because bears have remarkable taste, and he uncovered what made them come again and again.
Mr. Sedef put up a couple of types of honey on a table for the bears to eat, one of them was Anzer honey. Anzer honey, which is one of the better honey types that can be found in Turkey, is also one of the most expensive ones as well. A couple of pounds of the stuff can go for around 300 dollars, and it is because of its specific taste and quality. Mr. Sedef realized that when the bears would walk up to the table, they would immediately ignore the other types of honey and go straight for the Anzer honey. Cherry blossom honey was another type that was put out for the bears, and they ignored it like it wasn’t even there. The chestnut honey had the same results as the cherry blossom, and it rarely got eaten. The bears really know what to go for when it comes to honey. The Anzer honey is produced with using the nectar of more the 90 different types of flowers that are in the region in Turkey, in which you have an abundance of bees. When the story and the videos of these honey hungry bees were put on the internet, it went viral really quickly. Mr. Sedef has said that it helped him a lot leaving samples and seeing which honey the bears would prefer. He also said that the bears know which honey had the best quality and that they have and fantastic taste.