Uruguay: Single bolt of lightning kills 52 cows

A single lightning bolt killed 52 cows at an Uruguayan ranch.

Newspaper El Pais reported the cows had pressed against a wire fence during a storm when the lightning bolt struck in the northern state of San Jose.

A photograph released by the San Jose Police Department shows the black and brown cows lying dead in a long row.

The newspaper said that veterinarians at the scene confirmed the cause of the deaths, which happened on Wednesday.

The veterinarians told the newspaper that cows often crowd around fences to seek protection during storms.

Meteorologist Fernando Torena told the newspaper he wasn’t surprised that a single lightning bolt killed so many cows. But he called it “very bad luck”.


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