More than 300 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway

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More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in central Norway.

The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing a jumble of 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 told said it’s not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes but this was an unusually deadly event.

‘We have not heard about such numbers before,’ he said today.

He said reindeer tend to stay very close to each other in bad weather, which could explain how so many were killed at once.

 

Thousands of reindeer migrate across the barren Hardanangervidda plateau as the seasons change.

Some323 dead wild reindeers struck by lightning are seen littering a hill side on Hardangervidda mountain plateau in central Norway on Saturday

Some 323 dead wild reindeers struck by lightning are seen littering a hill side on Hardangervidda mountain plateau in central Norway on Saturday

Someof the reindeer, with their eyes open, which died by the lightning strike during the storm in Norway on Friday

Some of the reindeer, with their eyes open, which died by the lightning strike during the storm in Norway on Friday

Theenvironmental agency said reindeer tended to stay very close to each other in bad weather, which could explain how so many were killed at once

The environmental agency said reindeer tended to stay very close to each other in bad weather, which could explain how so many were killed at once

Thesedead reindeer were among thousands which normally migrate across the Hardanangervidda plateau as the seasons change

These dead reindeer were among thousands which normally migrate across the Hardanangervidda plateau as the seasons change

A dead reindeer lies on its side on the plateau among hundreds of others hit by the strike

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