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Beekeeper suits up in 73-pound coat of bees

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An apprentice uses burning incense to drive bees away from She Ping's face during a world record attempt in Chongqing Municipality, China, on April 18, 2012.

China Daily via Reuters

A Chinese beekeeper covered his body with 73 pounds (33.1 kg) of bees — that's an estimated 331,000 of the creatures — during a world record attempt on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Local media reported that She Ping, 32, had broken the previous world record of 59 pounds (26.8 kg) of bees which had been set by another Chinese beekeeper, Ruan Liangming, in 2008.

However, the Guinness World Records website does not mention either man, instead awarding its "Heaviest mantle of bees" honor to Vipin Seth, an Indian whose burden is said to have weighed 136 lb 4 oz (61.4 kg). Could She Ping's brave attempt have been in vain?

China Daily via Reuters

Local media reported that She had set a new world record.

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