Badass bison survives being struck by lightning and has the scar to prove it

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Badass Bison Survives Being Struck by Lightning and Has the Scar to Prove It
BY: TROY FRISBY

Like Kelly Rowland and Richard Hatch before him, a bison in Iowa is proving that he's a survivor, beating the odds after being struck by lightning. The bison, named Sparky, was struck by lightning in 2013 in Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in Iowa, and he wasn't expected to live much longer after that.

His wound was discovered when wildlife biologist Karen Viste-Sparkman stopped by the refuge to check up on the herd.



So Sparky isn't just a reference to the lightning strike, but also to Viste-Sparkman too.

Sparkman noticed some burns on the bison's hump, as well as a large lump on Sparky's hind leg that she believes to be the exit wound.

While that means Sparky likely wasn't standing when the lightning struck, he didn't take his injuries lying down... literally.

Sparky was standing up when his injuries were spotted, which was a good sign and further proof that bisons are tough animals. Not only are they the biggest land mammals in North America, weighing up 2,000 pounds, but some can leap about 6 feet in the air. So now that he's doing better, Sparky can go back to eating grass and out-jumping LeBron James.

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Badass bison survives being struck by lightning and has the scar to prove it
American bison at a Yellowstone geyser basin in winter, Bison bison, Thermal pools provide warmth and growths of algae, food for bison in winter, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, (Photo by Wild Horizons/UIG via Getty Images)
FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, a herd of bison roam on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont. Almost a decade after they were first captured from Yellowstone National Park, a group of wild bison that has spent years in limbo after government officials could find no place to relocate the animals were due to be shipped from a ranch near Bozeman Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 for placement on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
UNITED STATES - 2011/07/14: USA, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, Hayden Valley With Bison Herd With Babies In Fog. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CANADA - FEBRUARY 17: American bison (Bison bison), Bovidae, Yellowstone National Park, Canada. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
FILE - In This Feb.14, 2011 file photo, a group of bison graze, just inside Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Mont. Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter, mostly calves and females, as officials seek to reduce the animalsâ annual migration into Montana. Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other federal agencies to decide on the plan. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
GENESEE, CO-April 23, 2013: Snow continues to fall in Genesee Park on a buffalo stand in a field of fresh snow, April 23, 2013. Year ago Denver created the bison park as a tourist attraction along Interstate 70. The bison were originally sourced from Yellowstone National Park, and are considered one of the country's wildest herds. (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, Francis Marsh, a Cayuse Indian from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore., stands next to a bison he shot and killed near Gardiner, Mont. Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter, mostly calves and females, as officials seek to reduce the animals' annual migration into Montana. Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other federal agencies to decide on the plan. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, MT - MARCH 5: A herd of bison feed near Tower Junction in Yellowstone National Park. (Photo by Erik Petersen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY - SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: A bison grazes on grasses in the Hayden Valley section of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, MT - MARCH 5: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, MT - MARCH 5: A bison searches for food near Blacktail Plateau in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday. (Photo by Erik Petersen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) (Photo by Erik Petersen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FILE - In this April 20, 2014 file photo, a group of bison graze along a state highway near West Yellowstone, Mont. Montana officials are reviving efforts to craft a statewide bison-conservation plan that stalled amid a backlash from ranchers worried about new herds competing with cattle. A broad strategy for managing bison in Montana has been in the works since 2010. Concerted opposition from ranchers has slowed the initiative, and officials recently scaled back expectations for bison in new areas. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown,File)
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2011, file photo, government horseback riders haze bison to move them from one location to another just inside Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Mont. Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter, mostly calves and females, as officials seek to reduce the animals? annual migration into Montana. Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other federal agencies to decide on the plan. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, MT - MARCH 5:A bison looks back as it crosses the road near Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. (Photo by Erik Petersen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
American Bison (also known as Buffalo) and their calves, forage for food at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. In the early 1800's, an estimated 65 million bison roamed throughout the continent of North America but hunting and poaching had a devastating effect on their population and by 1890, fewer than 1,000 remained. Today there are an estimated 4000 bison in Yellowstone National Park. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - 2011/07/14: USA, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, Hayden Valley With Fog, Bison. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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