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A pregnant woman got lost in a forest, gave birth, then fought off placenta-hungry bees

Eventful few days, then.

GIVING BIRTH IS definitely stressful enough without the added worries about fighting off placenta-hungry bees, right?

But this 35-year-old woman says she had to do just that after she got lost in a patch of California woods last week.

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After trying and failing to take a shortcut to her parents’ house, pregnant Amber Pangborn found herself stranded in the woods without petrol and phone service.

According to Action News Now, she quickly went into labour, had a baby girl, then fought off a swarm of bees interested in her placenta:

The meat bees came out and were trying to get the placenta. I was trying to protect [my daughter] from getting stung, and I got stung trying to keep them away, but they kept going back.

Panghorn says she survived for three days in the woods on a bottle of soda, a small bottle of water and three apples she had in her car.

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Eventually, fearing they would never be found, she started a forest fire with a lighter and an aerosol can.

The US Department of Forestry sent out a rescue squad, and Pangborn and her daughter were taken to hospital.

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Phew. We think that little baby had enough adventure in her first three days to last her for the rest of her life, no?

Written by Valerie Loftus and originally published on

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