323 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway
More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in southern Norway in the largest such incident known to date. The 323 reindeer were found on August 26 by a gamekeeper on the Hardangervidda plateau, a national park where Europe’s largest herd of some 10,000 wild reindeer roam freely. Television footage showed the animals’ dead bodies lying close together on the ground. Reindeer are social creatures and usually move in packs.