The bees arrived during a wedding. They entered the house in a swarm, burrowing themselves into the furniture. But they came on a joyous day, and the owner of the home, Yongfu Li, decided they were a good omen. He let them stay.

Twelve years later, the bees still actively live alongside Li and his family in their home in the city of Guanghan in China’s Sichuan province.

Three times a year, the family harvests the honey that the bees produce. Each time, Li claims they package around 11 pounds worth, sold at roughly $15/lb. It isn’t much of a payoff, but the translated Pear video does not log any of the family’s complaints about their longtime housemates.

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