Bear Grylls Suffered Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction to Bee Sting on New Show

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Is there anything that Bear Grylls hasn’t done out in the wild?

The former SAS serviceman is well-known for his unconventional and practical methods when surviving out in the wild – many of these weird and wonderful methods are featured on his TV shows. Remember when he drank his own urine?

Many of Bear’s endeavors have resulted in him risking his own life in several dangerous situations, but his most recent stunt was extremely close to taking his life.

Keep scrolling to find out how Bear’s encounter with a bee nearly ended very badly…

The forty-five-year-old Brit is known best for his television series, Man vs. Wild, which aired from 2006-2011. But, before his rise to fame, he served in the SAS and was a survival instructor for many years.

Bear likes to throw it back to our primal days, when we would survive out in the wild on nothing but natural instincts.

He has accomplished many impressive things so far in his life, such as climbing Mount Everest, crossing the North Atlantic Ocean, paramotoring over the Himalayas, and journeying to Antarctica.

These shows include Get Me Out Alive, Mission Survive, Bear Grylls Survivor School, and Running Wild With Bear Grylls, which featured a range of celebrities who followed Bear on his adventures including Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, and even former president, Barack Obama.

He’s done some stuff in the wild that he’s not exactly proud of…

These questionable stunts include eating numerous raw animals, such as snakes, ticks, alligators, a raw salmon, and drinking the blood of a reindeer.

He has been seen building his own rafts, huts, fashioning shoes and clothes out of natural materials, hunting his own food, and even fighting off competing predators such as a wild tiger shark.

The Guardian reported that there were allegations about staged scenes in his Born Survivor series, with the revelation of smoke machines used to mimic a volcanic eruption and the “wild horses” featured actually being tamed and trained horses.

Bear apologized for not declaring all of the assistance that he got from his small crew in the previous series and said the new series was “100% transparent.”

His new series, Treasure Island, will air on Channel 4 in the U.K. next month, and it will involve members of the public who will compete for the chance to win a £100,000 ($122,000) prize.

Participants include a seventy-five-year-old grandmother, a former reality TV star, an intensive care nurse, and a neurosurgeon.

They traveled to the remote island on a small boat when they were joined by a curious bee.

But this is bad news when you have an allergy to bee stings… which is exactly what Bear has.

Thankfully, the crew onboard acted quickly and administered Bear with an EpiPen, which allowed him to make a quick recovery.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Mano Shanmuganathan, the brain surgeon appearing on the show said: “The irony of Bear the survivalist being stung, having the potential of an allergic reaction, and needing to be treated with an EpiPen, was a bizarre moment. That was crazy!”  

With a big thanks to the quick administration of the EpiPen, Bear made a speedy recovery and managed to finish filming the rest of the series.  

He had previously shown the severity of his allergies on Born Survivor, when he got a little too close for comfort to a beehive in Baja California.

Considering he has a severe bee sting allergy, it’s unknown as to why he voluntarily went into a beehive…

Bear is seen picking away at the honeycombs when the bees begin to swarm in on him. A bee lands on his forehead and leaves a pretty nasty sting, which forces him to instantly back off and assess the situation.

Despite rubbing honeycomb onto the sting, which is a recommended method as the honey contains antiseptic for beestings, Bear’s face swells up to twice its size and the results are pretty noticeable.

Bear simply seems to brush off the situation, saying: “The irony is, out of all the massive, lethal, and aggressive, man-eating crocs and snakes I’ve delt with over the years, the one that gets me is a bee.”

If you have a serious allergy to something, perhaps it’s best to not go and confront it face-t0-face. Even the boldest and most adventurous explorers out there get caught out by Mother Nature, so, if you see a beehive and have an allergy to bee stings, simply just stay well away. Speaking of allergy stories, did you hear about the girl whose allergic reaction caused her head to swell so much that you could poke a hole in it? Don’t worry, though! Like Bear, she was absolutely fine! Keep reading to see the pics – they’re pretty funny.