These 300 Reindeer were all in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Sources are reporting that more that 300 reindeer were found dead on Friday by a gamekeeper on the Hardangvidda plateau of Norway. The plateau is a national park, where close to 10,000 reindeer roam as part of Europe’s largest herd.
Kjartan Knutsen, an official from the Norwegian Environment Agency, told the Agence-France Press, “There were very strong storms in the area on Friday. The animals stay close together in bad weather and these ones were hit by lightning.”
“It’s unusual. We’ve never seen anything like this on this scale,” said Knutsen.
This kind of death toll among a large herd of animals due to a lightning strike is rare, and Norwegian authorities arrived on the scene afterwards. Out of the 323 deer that were killed, five had to be put down by authorities due to their injuries. The other 318 seem to have died almost immediately following the strike.
NEA officials are still making up their minds as to what to do with the animals.
“We’re going to decide soon whether to let nature run its own course or whether we will do something,” Knutsen said.
Pretty crazy, huh? Lightning is one force I never want to tango with. Stay safe out there, everyone!