Lightning Strike Kills Over 300 Reindeer In Norway

They say nature has its own way of functioning as does not listen to anyone. One such instance in Norway proves it where lighting struck more than three hundred animals at the same time!

This incident took place in central Norway where agencies from Stockholm have reported that many carcasses of reindeers and calves were found. It has come to everyone’s notice that close to 323 animals have lost their lives which include around 70 calves. This incident took place on Friday, the 27th of August at a mountain that goes by the name of Hardangervidda.

The agency that shared the photos of this unusual killing was the Norwegian Environment Agency. It seems it is the behavior of reindeers to stay close to each other when they feel threatened, a behavior found in many other animals as well. When they come to close to each other, they are able to protect themselves and the other by acting as one single cohesive unit. Alas, this, time their strategy did not work and due to multiple lightning strikes, they were all killed.

Kjartan Knutsen, from the agency, has said they are not sure what they are planning to do with the carcasses. Often, as is the case with wild animal deaths, humans don’t interfere with the natural cycle of life and death and leave the dead bodies on their own to let nature follow its course. But this is a weird event and this may need some human intervention, it looks like.

Many of the animals migrate from one region to the other in search of mates, or water. Africa is known to have one of the world’s largest wildebeest migrations in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. It seems the reindeer was also migrating across the barren plateau in search of food.

Rupak Hattikudur

A software engineer by profession, I am fond of writing, wildlife, and pizza in no particular order. An AIESEC alumni, I am currently the President of a Rotaract club where I am involved in social activities which I deeply care about.

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