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.”
How to stay safe from lightning in this type of environment:
Image: Havard Kjøntvedt, Environment Directorate / the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate.