Monday, August 29, 2016

Lightning Kills Entire Reindeer Herd in Norway

A severe (electrical?) storm killed over 300 wild reindeer at the Hardangerviddathe largest high mountain plateau in northern Europe and a national park.
The national park which is the largest in Norway with wild reindeer populations, spans 3,000+ square miles and counts in excess of 10,000 wild reindeer.

The Norwegian Environment Agency has released below images of reindeer that seemingly fell over where they stood. The herd included 70 calves. It is likely that, in the severe storm, they huddled together which could explain why they all perished.
This is quite the freak accident as Norway has a very low frequency of lightning strikes.

The last picture show Eyjafjallajokul in Iceland which is on a similar latitude and climate as Norway. You can see the lightning streak across the sky as lava flows from the volcano in 2010. Cleary nothing to be trifled with...

Here are the pictures (click to enlarge):

A sad sight...

...the Norwegian forest service typically will let them decompose
where they fell as this is a nature preserve.

Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland in 2010.

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