LINZ, AUSTRIA (AP)--A 90-year-old beekeeper was recovering in a hospital Tuesday, July 9, after suffering 1,000 bee stings, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Hermann Danner was stung last week when he approached his two hives without protection gear.

Danner told APA he tried to defend himself: "It was a battle that lasted about half an hour--but it was unsuccessful," he was quoted as saying.

Danner was barely moving when a neighbor found him and alerted medics. Physicians have removed about 1,000 thorns from his body, said Guenter Watzl, head physician, at the hospital, in Kirchdorf an der Krems, a small town about 120 miles west of Vienna.

"At such an old age, a couple of hundred stings could be deadly," APA quoted Watzl as saying.

Danner was expected to recover fully and leave the hospital in a few days and would then resume tending his bees, APA reported.

Kurt Aigner, a physician specializing in allergies, at a Linz hospital, said Danner's good health had contributed to his speedy recovery.

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