Morgan Freeman is being lauded on social media for his decision to convert his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a sanctuary for bees, Forbes reported.
According to the business magazine, the Shawshank Redemption actor has imported 26 bee hives into his ranch from Arkansas.
The 81-year-old also planted lavender and magnolia trees to attract more bees to his home.
In an appearance on Jimmy Fallon in 2014, Freeman explained his foray into beekeeping.
“There’s a concerted effort to bring bees back onto the planet. We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation,” Freeman said at the time.
The actor said he’s never worn a suit or hat to protect himself from bees and has never been stung.
“They haven’t [stung me] yet, because right now I’m not trying to harvest honey or anything,” he added. “I’m just feeding them… I think they understand, ‘Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here.‘”
“There’s been a frightening loss of bee colonies, particularly in this county,” Freeman said in another interview with Larry King. “To such an extent that the scientists are now saying ‘this is dangerous.’”