Here’s your cute (if slightly buzz-arre) video of the day: a fuzzy little bee raising its teeny leg and repeatedly high-fiving a British dude’s finger.


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Why did this happen? No one knows, but let’s assemble the facts. The bee seems to be standing on a macadamia nut or something, and the man, Mark Clark, admits “I’d had a beer, or two.” We can safely assume Clark is either not allergic to bee stings or incredibly stupid (in addition to being a bit buzzed). You say “drunk,” I say “bee enthusiast.” After all, maybe the dude knows bees have been croaking rapidly and is excited that colony collapse disorder hasn’t hit his patio yet.

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If you need an actual SCIENTIFIC explanation for the palm-slap, one Gawker commenter offers the following:

I’ve seen bees do this. They tend to do it on cool mornings after being inactive overnight. Bees regulate their temperature, in part, by flapping their wings at a high rate. In this case the bee probably has been resting and therefore, hasn’t warmed itself to optimal temperature. The raising of the legs must be a last ditch defense mechanism.

Unidan of Reddit concurs with the “yo, leave me alone” school of thought:

Yup, it’s a defensive pose! They’ll typically raise a middle leg as a kind of “back off” before elevating the defense!

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Both of those explanations are WAY less interesting than the bee’s team winning at beer pong.