Lightning Zaps 52 Cows

Holy canoli! This huge lighting strike killed 52 cows, which I guess isn’t too uncommon:

Another reason for the greater [lighting strike] risk is their widely spaced legs. It’s known that lightning can ‘sideflash’ – jumping from one struck object to another object nearby – but it can also spread out in ‘ground currents’ when it hits the earth. And if the hind hooves are touching the ground at a spot with a different electrical potential to the front hooves, the current will travel through the cow’s body and kill it.

Poor cows.


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