“Super Mario Bros.” star Chris Pratt was feeling the excitement earlier this week, however not the Hollywood sort he’s used to.
In an Instagram video posted Wednesday the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor shared that he received stung by a bee after aggravating a hive close to his residence. He stated he was impressed by a viral Texas beekeeper to take issues into his personal palms.
“She’s so cool and brave, and she goes in front of these hives of bees and says, ‘They’re very calm today. I’m going to remove the bee,’” he stated. “So it’s built up this false sense of security in me. To whereas I said, ‘I think I can control bees too.’”
In her standard TikTok and Instagram movies, Texas beekeeper Erika Thompson rescues bees from unfit environments by casually scooping up dozens of them in her naked palms and relocating their hive.
Thompson, who typically forgoes the cumbersome beekeeper gear in her movies, touts a following of greater than 11 million followers on TikTok and 993,000 on Instagram.
She has greater than a decade of bee-removal expertise and claims to be conversant in bee habits. (She was additionally a part of a beekeeper feud that went viral final 12 months.)
Pratt, however, isn’t precisely recognized for his beekeeping expertise.
“I just stared at these bees, and then one of them [came] out and it stung me in the eyeball,” he stated, taking off his sun shades to disclose his swollen eye. “So anyways, f— that bee lady.”
Pratt didn’t title Thompson within the video, however immediately tagged her in his caption. Like a bee to honey, Thompson responded to Pratt’s ire.
“Wait—so now you’re going to be a plumber and a beekeeper @prattprattpratt?!,” she wrote within the feedback.
“If you leave saving the bees to me and other professionals, you can focus on saving the Princess, Mario,” she added, referring to Pratt’s upcoming position in “Super Mario Bros.”
Thompson has been documenting her beekeeping work on TikTok since 2020. Her account options bee removals from compost bins, bogs and bushes at singer Jason Derulo’s home.
“I just really love bees, and as a professional beekeeper, I spend most of my time around bees. So I’ve learned how to handle them, hold them and help them if they need me,” she stated in a January TikTok. “For me, having bees around me all the time is one of my favorite things about being a beekeeper.”