Lightning Strike Kills More Than 300 Reindeer in Norway

Over 300 wild reindeer have been reportedly killed by lighting in Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster.

The Norwegian Environment Agency has released images showing 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 Friday.

Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen said it’s not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes, “but we have not heard about such numbers 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.

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