Lightning strike kills 300 reindeer in Norway

Lightning strike kills 300 reindeer in Norway

A devastating lightning strike has killed 326 reindeer at a Norwegian national park.

Lightning strike kills 300 reindeer in Norway

The animals were discovered over the weekend by the Norwegian Environmental Agency over the weekend.

Kjartan Knusten, a spokesman for the agency, said animals were occasionally killed by lightning but so many had never been recorded killed.

He said the animals were huddled together because of the heavy weather when the strike occurred, saying that it explained why many of them died.

Lightning strike kills 300 reindeer in Norway

The agency found five reindeer which survived but it euthanised (killed) them because of their bad life-threatening injuries.

This is not the first time a large herd of animals has been killed by lightning. In 2005, 68 cows were killed in Australia by a single bolt, according to a report by CNN.

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