Single Lightning Strike Kills Over 300 Animals

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A bizarre and unfortunate happening took place in Norway along the Hardangervidda mountain plateau on Friday. Over 300 reindeer were killed in a lightning strike.

Officials say that 323 wild reindeer, 70 of which were calves, were struck dead during a storm. Five animals were still barely holding on to life when they were found, but they had to be euthanized due to the extent of their injuries.

It is assumed that the herd of reindeer had huddled together for security during the messy storm. reports that Norwegian Environmental Agency spokesperson Kjartan Knutsen said, “I don’t know if there were several lightning strikes. But it happened in one moment.”

The Norwegian Environmental Agency now must decide what to do with the bodies of the dead animals. Normally, they would allow for nature to take its course, but since there are so many bodies, protocol might have to change.

The photos from the Norwegian Environment Agency of the incident are very unsettling but can be seen here for those who are curious about this sad but natural happening. The rolling green hills of Norway appear disconcertingly quiet after the deadly storm.