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Lightning Kills 323 Reindeer in Norway

29 Aug 2016, 8:45 pm

On Friday, August 26th  lightning from a thunderstorm in Norway killed 323 reindeer, 70 of which  were calves according to the Norwegian Government. The event occurred in Norway’s Hardangervidda National Park.

According to a Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (NNI) spokesman, “We’ve heard about animals being struck by lightning and killed, but I don’t remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before . . .We don’t know if it was one or more lighting strike; that would only be speculation.”

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Image: Havard Kjøntvedt, Environment Directorate / the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate.

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