Havard Kjontvedt/Norwegian Nature Inspectorate

Lightning strike kills hundreds of reindeer in Norway

Three hundred twenty-three reindeer were killed by a lightning strike on a Norwegian mountain plateau last week, NPR reports. Officials from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (NNI) came across the grisly scene when they were supervising hunters. A spokesperson from NNI theorized that the reindeer may have huddled together in fear during the storm, somehow allowing a single lightning strike to reach them all at once. Officials will decide what to do with the bodies after testing them for disease.

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