"Mama," a day after she was attacked by bees
St. Petersburg, Florida -- There is new information about a dog that survived an attack Thursday by a swarm of Africanized honey bees.
We've learned she is recovering from the bee stings, but is now facing another life-threatening illness.
As the dog people at the hospital are calling Bumblebee slowly but enthusiastically walks on a leash, you would never know it's been barely a day since she was on the edge of death.
"Definitely making improvement from yesterday," said Dr. Tamara Berlin, leader of the medical staff that stabilized her at VCA Noah's Place, an animal hospital in St. Pete.
"She's able to get up and move around a little bit -- versus yesterday, when she just could not stand at all," Berlin said.
The hospital's team is helping the dog get the toxins from 100 bee stings out of her system. Her skin is covered with raised bumps the size of pencil erasers, with each marking one of those stings.
Swarming by the hundreds out of a St. Petersburg home's attic, notoriously defensive Africanized honey bees took the life of a homeless dog neighbors called Boss, and they nearly did the same to Bumblebee.
She'll recover completely from the stings, but Berlin says they've discovered another threat that she may not survive.
"She is heartworm-positive. That creates its own issues for her with the side effects on the body that heartworm disease will have," Berlin said.
As a stray, without monthly medication to prevent it, a mosquito bite gave her heartworms.
Doctors don't know yet how far along the disease has gotten. If it's too far advanced, the illness is fatal and can't be treated.
No matter what the eventual diagnosis is, Berlin is hoping a family will come forward and adopt her.
"She's an absolute sweetheart. She's not a stray dog that's been running loose with no care. She's had a bond with a person," Berlin said.
If you would like to donate money toward her care or want to learn more about adoption, contact VCA Noah's Place animal medical center in St. Petersburg.
You can email them through their VCA Noah's Place website or call directly to hospital manager Yolanda Maqsoud at 727-522-6640.
Grayson Kamm, 10 News