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While most people like to stay away from bees for the fear of getting stung, a man in India was seen stuffing his shirt with the insects with his bare hands.

Professional honey collector Suk Mohammad Dalal, 32, is a resident of Chandramonipur village in West Bengal, a state in eastern India.

He has been collecting honey for the last 16 years, but what makes him different from others is the way he goes about his business.

While the usual way involves applying smoke around the comb to drive away the bees, Suk Mohammad’s method is very hands on.

Though he starts off with the usual smoking, it is what follows that makes it interesting.

According to visuals from one of his many honey collecting trips, Suk was seen stuffing his mouth with honey bees. Later he repeated the same, putting the bees inside his shirt.

The man was also seen cutting a hole in the middle of the honeycomb and putting his head through, while bees buzzed all around his face. Once he is done collecting the honey, Suk lets out the bees from his shirt.

While these stunts are not only risky and can prove fatal for an ordinary human being, Suk Mohammad’s body has developed resistance towards bee sting.

Before taking up his present job, Suk worked as a doctor’s assistant in Kolkata, the state capital.

Suk said, “Since I live in a village, I would often come across honeycombs containing good amount of honey. One day while walking past, I thought what if I start collecting honey and sell them, I could easily make a living out of it. That is how it started.”

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It shows professional honey collector Suk Mahammad Dalal tapping a massive nest of bees without any protective gear.

Incredibly, he then stuffs handfuls of the insects inside his vest to keep them out of the way while he collects their precious honey.

Dalal, 31, who has been collecting honey for the last 15 years, says he has become immune to bee stings.

He doesn’t feel the pain, though the stings sometime leave behind minor swellings around the lips. “I just need a hot cup of tea to recover from them,” he says.

Dalal used to work as an assistant to a doctor, who practised Indian system of medicine, in Kolkata.

Fed up with his poorly paid job, he noticed that the doctor was using copious amounts of honey in the medicines, he prepared.

“From my childhood I was good at climbing trees. I had seen beehives hanging from the trees in my village, Chingeni in Bankura. So, I went back home to become a bee collector,” says Dalal.

The initial days were scary as the stings hurt and left behind swollen limbs.

“I was once bitten by over 300 bees and became unconscious. I was tempted to return to Kolkata for my earlier job,” he says.

But he persisted and slowly the pain disappeared and the limbs stopped swelling.

Dalal says while he likes to get playful with the bees, he takes care to not to hurt them.