Hundreds of reindeer in Norway killed by lightning strike

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Hundreds Of Reindeer In Norway Killed By Lightning Strike

Lightning can be beautiful, but it can also be deadly.

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Such was the case in Hardangervidda, Norway where a strike claimed the lives of 323 reindeer.

The exact circumstances surrounding the mass deaths are unknown, but a spokesperson for the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate said, "We've heard about animals being struck by lightning and killed, but I don't remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before. We don't know if it was one or more lighting strike; that would only be speculation."

Officials also noted the animals may have huddled together out of fear when the storm came in, reports Time.

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In this image made available by the Norwegian Environment Agency on Monday Aug. 29 2016, shows some of the more than 300 wild reindeer that were killed by lighting in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday Aug. 26, 2016, in what wildlife officials say was a highly unusual massacre by nature. (Havard Kjotvedt /Norwegian Environment Agency, NTB scanpix, via AP)
Dead wild reindeer are seen on Hardangervidda in Norway, after lightning struck the central mountain plateau and killed more than 300 of them, in this handout photo received on August 28, 2016. MANDATORY CREDIT Havard Kjotvedt/SNO/Miljodirektoratet/NTB Scanpix via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NORWAY OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
In this image made available by the Norwegian Environment Agency on Monday Aug. 29 2016, shows some of the more than 300 wild reindeer that were killed by lighting in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday Aug. 26, 2016 in what wildlife officials say was a highly unusual massacre by nature. (Havard Kjotvedt /Norwegian Environment Agency, NTB scanpix, via AP)
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