A woman has nursed an injured bumblebee back to health and now it lives in her garden, where she takes care of it.
Katharina Wallen, from Germany, sent TikTok into meltdown after she shared a video of herself befriending a one-winged bumblebee.
After she helped the poor injured bumblebee to safety, she named her Sweet Pea and started to build her a home in her garden.
She said: ‘Three weeks ago, I saw this bumblebee walking along the country road. It started to follow me.
‘She was obviously looking for flowers and seemed very hungry.’
Katharina Wallen, from Germany, went viral after she shared a video of herself befriending a one-winged bumblebee on TikTok
Katharina then picked a flower and placed in front of Sweet Pea for her to extract the nectar from, but she soon realised that the little bumblebee could not fly.
Sweet Pea only had one intact wing, hence why she walked around everywhere rather than flying.
‘We decided to take care of her, we gave her sugar water and took her in. Then we created a little shelter for her.
‘She’s been living with us for three weeks now and is feeling really well,’ Katharina wrote over a clip of Sweet Pea immersing herself in bright purple flowers.
The adorable clip shows the bumblebee covered in bright yellow pollen, and it looks as though she’s having the time of her life.
She also revealed that she picks fresh flowers for Sweet Pea every single day and even built her a small cave in the mud where she relaxes.
‘She’s become a cherished part of our days,’ Katharina said in the video, which has racked up a whopping 42.4 million views.
Although there are many different types of bumblebee, their average lifespan is estimated to be around 28 days.
After she helped the poor injured bumblebee to safety, she named her Sweet Pea and started build a home for the insect in her garden
But Sweet Pea has already outlived her life expectancy, because Katharina found her more than four weeks ago.
According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a third of remaining species of bumblebees are listed on at least one of the English, Welsh and Scottish conservation priority species lists.
The Trust states that habitat loss is the main reason for the decline in the fuzzy insects.
Bees are good pollinators and as with other insects, they have a big impact on food produce, such as tomatoes, peas, apples and strawberries.
They also help pollinate wildflowers and without this pollination, a species would not be able to produce seeds, the Trust states.
More than 7,000 people took to the comments to express their love for Sweet Pea, with some admitting the video made them cry.
Katharina updates her 128,000 followers regularly with what Sweet Pea is up to, whether that’s having a nap on a bed of flowers or crawling around Katharina’s colourful garden
More than 7,000 people took to the comments to express their love for Sweet Pea, with some admitting the video made them cry
One wrote: ‘So we’re all crying over this cute bumblebee?’
Another penned: ‘Bumblebees are so amazing, I saved one from my flooded basement and when I put it out in the grass it waved at me.’
A third said: ‘I know bumbles won’t live very long, but please know you made her life 1000 percent heaven.’
A fourth commented: ‘If only more people cared about people like you care for Ms Bumblebee, this world would be so much better.’
Katharina updates her 128,000 followers regularly with what Sweet Pea is up to, whether that’s having a nap on a bed of flowers or crawling around Katharina’s colourful garden.
Katharina says her bumblebee loves these particular flowers – purple loosestrifes, poppies, sunflowers, sweet peas and asters.