Lightning in Australia barbecues six live cows

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Lightning during a recent storm seems to have killed six cows in Queensland, Australia last week, reports the Beaudesert Times. The cows were discovered days after the storm, dead and swollen, lined up against a metal fence. The strange incident is a reminder that although rays can be rare, they are also deadly, especially for large animals such as cows.
The son of the ranch owner, Derek Shirley, discovered the four cows and two calves when he inspected the property after the storm. The cows had been dead long enough to swell and roll on their sides with their legs in the air. But none had any marks on them, Shirley told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The moment made the ray a possible suspect. It happened before; Lightning killed 323 reindeer in Norway in August 2016. "It's not that strange to see farm animals, or wild animals like reindeer, killed by lightning," said lightning safety expert John Jensenius of the National Oceanic Administration and Atmospheric Verge is Angela Chen at that time.

THE COWS ARE SCROLLED BY THE LIGHT OF BEAUTY How has anyone seen something like this before?

Four cows and two calves were found dead in a paddock in Beaudesert, all are in a row and there is no mark on them.

What happened? Dr. Karl explains: by ABC Brisbane on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The majority of lightning deaths, particularly massive livestock deaths, are caused by the flow of land. That is the energy that radiates along the ground after lightning strikes a tree or near the ground. If you, or a couple of hundreds of reindeer, for example, are in the wrong place, at the wrong time, that energy can travel on the ground, one leg and the other. As the electric current travels through the body, it can stop the heart, Jensenius told Chen. And the farther the electricity travels before it leaves the body, the more damage it can cause, according to the National Meteorological Service. So large animals like cows or reindeer are at special risk.

But it is also possible that the metal wires in the fence would conduct electricity, zapping the cows huddled along it. While metal does not attract lightning, according to the NWS, metal objects can become a conduit for lightning energy. "Either inside or outside, anyone in contact with anything connected to metal wires, plumbing or metal surfaces that extend outdoors is at risk," says the NWS.
Livestock deaths can be difficult to track, so we do not really know how common these events are, Jensenius said. But we do know that fewer people die by the lightning of these days than before. In the 30s and 40s, between 300 and 400 people in the US UU They were killed every year by lightning. In the last ten years, the number has decreased to an average of about 35 people per year in the US. UU To keep those numbers low, these recent lightning deaths are a good reminder to enter during thunderstorms and stay away from anything that can conduct electricity: barbed wire fences included.

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