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Ex-zoo director dies after suffering 1,000 insect stings
from CNN.com ........... FORT WAYNE, Indiana (AP) -- A retired zoo director died after he was stung about 1,000 times by European yellow jackets when he fell onto their nest from a ladder while cleaning windows at his home.
Earl Wells, 75, had been in a coma at Lutheran Hospital since the September 12 attack near Huntertown, about 10 miles north of Fort Wayne. He died Tuesday at the hospital.
Wells was the director of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo from its opening in 1965 until his retirement in 1994 and had served as a consultant in the design of other zoos around the country.
European yellow jackets swarmed Wells when the stepladder he was standing on to wash windows collapsed onto their underground nest, the zoo said in a statement.
He was unconscious when paramedics arrived. He suffered cardiac arrest in the attack and remained in a coma after being resuscitated, his family said
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