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More Than 300 Reindeer Killed By Lightning In Norway

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

Associated Press

Updated:August 29, 2016, 11:44 PM IST
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More Than 300 Reindeer Killed By Lightning In Norway
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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 on Friday.

(Photo: AP/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 lightning in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday.) (Photo: AP/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 lightning in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday.)

(Photo: AP/ Reindeers that were killed by lightning in Hardangervidda, central Norway.) (Photo: AP/ Reindeers that were killed by lightning in Hardangervidda, central Norway.)

Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told The Associated Press 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 Monday.

(Photo: Reuters/Dead wild reindeer are seen on Hardangervidda in Norway, after lightning struck the central mountain plateau and killed more than 300 of them.) (Photo: Reuters/Dead wild reindeer are seen on Hardangervidda in Norway, after lightning struck the central mountain plateau and killed more than 300 of them.)

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 Hardangervidda plateau as the seasons change.

| Edited by: Mugdha Kapoor Safaya
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