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Lightning Strike Kills Over 300 Reindeer In Norway

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The agency says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves, in the lightning storm on Friday 26th August, 2016.

Wildlife officials say over 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in
central Norway.


In what has been described as unusually large
natural disaster, the Norwegian Environment Agency has released
eerie images showing a jumble of reindeer carcasses scattered across a
small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. 

The agency says 323
animals were killed, including 70 calves, in the lightning storm on Friday 26th August.

The spokesman of the Agency, Mr Kjartan Knutsen told the AP it’s not uncommon for reindeer or
other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes.

He however noted that the recent number of reindeer that died in the recent lightning is unheard of before.

He said reindeer tend to stay very close to each other in bad weather, which could explain how so many were killed at once.

According to AP Thousands of reindeer migrate across the barren Hardanangervidda plateau as the seasons change.

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