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Bear Grylls Suffers Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction To Bee Sting While Filming

Bear Grylls Suffers Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction To Bee Sting While Filming

Bear Grylls had to receive emergency treatment after being stung by a bee while filming a new survival series in the Pacific.

The 45-year-old former SAS man suffered from a potentially life-threatening anaphylactic shock after he was stung by the flying insect when filming new show Treasure Island.

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Bear is known to be allergic to bee stings - his face has swollen to gigantic proportions on telly before due to close encounters with bees. He was on a boat taking a group of thrill-seekers to a remote Pacific island when they struck again.

He actually tried to carry on filming, but it soon became clear he was in bigger trouble than he first suspected.

Bear was stung in 2016, too. Credit: YouTube/Discovery UK
Bear was stung in 2016, too. Credit: YouTube/Discovery UK

Medics on the set soon realised the problem could potentially cost Bear his life and rushed to inject him with an Epipen that contained the medicine to counteract the bee sting's venom.

One of the contestants on the show, a brain surgeon called Mano Shanmuganathan, said he was taken aback by how badly Grylls was affected by the sting.

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He told The Daily Star: "The irony of Bear the survivalist being stung, having the potential of an allergic reaction, and needing to be treated with an Epipen, was a bizarre moment. That was crazy!"

To be fair, this isn't the first time that Bear has suffered from this kind of injury. During an episode of his Born Survivor show, filmed back in 2016, he tried to smoke out a beehive to steal honey from a hive in Baja California, Mexico.

He ended up looking like Benedict Cumberbatch. Credit: YouTube/Born Survivor
He ended up looking like Benedict Cumberbatch. Credit: YouTube/Born Survivor

Seriously, if you knew you were allergic to bees, you'd just give them a wide berth, wouldn't you?

Well, not if you're 'famous telly adventurer' Bear Grylls you don't.

Unsurprisingly, he got stung. His face swelled up so much he ended up looking more like Benedict Cumberbatch than Bear Grylls.

'Treasure Island' is on telly next month. Credit: Channel 4
'Treasure Island' is on telly next month. Credit: Channel 4

Earlier this week it was reported that Grylls' new survival show will hit our screens next month and features a wide variety of contestants from all walks of life.

There's a former reality TV star, a 75-year-old granny and even a cousin of the Queen's husband, Prince Phillip.

I mean, perhaps stop messing with bees? Credit: YouTube/Born Survivor
I mean, perhaps stop messing with bees? Credit: YouTube/Born Survivor

It's called Treasure Island because those who are 'fortunate' enough to be marooned on the remote island with Bear Grylls will be competing for a huge £100,000 ($120k) prize.

It remains to be seen exactly what they'll have to do to walk away with the cash once all is said and done, but we'll find out when it hits screens next month.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment, Weird, Animals

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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