15 Aug, 2020 @ 10:57
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Deadly lightning kills over 30 sheep, a cow and a ram in rural Spain

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A LIGHTNING strike has killed over 30 sheep, a cow and a ram in Sorogain, in the Valley of Erro.

The macabre images released by the Guardia Civil look like something out of a gory, zombie-apocalypse film.

The Guardia Civil was alerted by a farmer from Sorogain, Navarra, that an electrical storm which lashed down on the area on Saturday night, had left a ghastly aftermath.

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MASSACRE: Sheep killed by lightning (Civil Guard)

It had resulted in the death of 28 sheep and one ram on his property.

Several other sheep and a cow owned by a neighbouring farmer also died as a result of the electrical storm after being struck by lightning.

Death by lightning is rare but not unusual.

In August 2016, lightning killed 323 reindeer in a private hunting reserve in central southern Norway, in a natural massacre that counts as the deadliest lightning strike on record.

Guinness World Records says the ‘worst lightning strike disaster’ occurred in 1971, when a bolt took down a commercial airplane in Peru, killing 91 people.

Guinness reports that the largest recorded number of livestock killed by a single lightning bolt is 68.

The incident took place in New South Wales, Australia, on October 31, 2005. A further three jersey cows were paralyzed for a few hours, but later recovered.

There is also a recording of 52 geese in Canada in 1932 to have died from a lightning bolt.

An estimated 24,000 people die each year from lightning, of which Spain sees an average of 10-15 people.

The riskiest activities include fishing, boating, camping, and golf.

Cristina Hodgson

Half English, half Spanish animal person. Cristina loves writing about all things fitness, travel and culture, she is also a script writer and novelist. When she's not typing away, you can find her enjoying outdoor sports somewhere off the beaten track in Andalucia. If you have a story get in touch! newsdesk@theolivepress.es

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