Doctors, nurses and the flight of the bumblebee

The discovery of a stricken insect prompted a large-scale rescue operation in the school playground, writes Jo Brighouse

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The sky was a perfect blue and cloud-free. A brilliant sun shone down. God was in his heaven and all was right with the world of the playground.

Until it wasn’t.

“Miss, Miss – come quickly!” urged James, grabbing at my sleeve. “We think it’s dying.”

I followed his pointed finger down to the ground where a bumblebee was perambulating in ever decreasing circles, trying – and failing – to take off. A collection of small children were clustered around it.

“Can we save it?” asked Ashley anxiously.

“Maybe it just needs a rest,” I suggested. “I think the best thing to do is to leave it alone.”

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