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#1456181 - 08/03/2018 13:16 Cows killed Lightning
ozthunder Offline
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Farmer loses six cows in a single lightning strike

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/cattle-killed-by-lightning-in-beaudesert/9524636

Interesting article, but not sold on Dr Karl's theory, but I have none of my own yet.
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#1456184 - 08/03/2018 13:23 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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Interesting story.

I would nearly put money on it that the cows were grazing through the fence and the fence was struck by lightning.
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#1456188 - 08/03/2018 13:32 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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LOL, cows killed lightning.

I was thinking , how did they do that?

laugh

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#1456194 - 08/03/2018 14:29 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: EddyG]
ozthunder Offline
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Originally Posted By: EddyG
Interesting story.

I would nearly put money on it that the cows were grazing through the fence and the fence was struck by lightning.


Now that is very plausible !
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#1456196 - 08/03/2018 14:59 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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Thanks Oz
If they were thrown into the fence as stated in the article, with each cow weighing in at 500-600kg possible more (I'm taking a guess there) the fence would be somewhat damaged, leaning over, but judging by the pictures the fence is still standing strong.
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#1456201 - 08/03/2018 15:24 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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Looking at the photo all the cows appear to be either touching the fence or with a meter or two of it so yes they could all have been killed by a strike hitting the fence.
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#1456213 - 08/03/2018 16:51 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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im with eddyg, grazing thru the fence at the wrong time. i was looking for a couple of types of weeds that will kill cattle , but nothing there at all. ive seen lightning hit a fence & a visible blue spark run along the fence for 60yds. no idea what voltage that would ( 200,000v ?? ) be but it would be a dam site worse than our old 3000v electric fence.

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#1456374 - 09/03/2018 15:54 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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Heavy rain and wind would drive the cattle up against the fence, they face their bums to the wind and walk away from the rain until they come to an obstacle like a fence. I have seen mobs of cattle during a storm with their heads down almost touching a fence facing away from the wind Keeping the rain out of their eyes.

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#1456376 - 09/03/2018 15:59 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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No myth what has happened there then, wasn't like they were willing to get zapped but hagrid's on the money there. Otherwise the lightening jolt from a fences would have tangled them into the wire unlike what i have seen where wind has blown them into the fence. They just lay there tangled until rescued or worse strangled or drowned.
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#1456407 - 09/03/2018 18:38 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
Lani Offline
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A woman lost 3 clydesdales over summer from a lightning strike, all standing together frown

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/38110992/clydesdale-horses-killed-in-freak-lightning-strike/
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#1456436 - 09/03/2018 22:18 Re: Cows killed Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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A similar number was killed in a storm near Malanda around last October. Seems it is just the proximity to the strike that led to their death.


Edited by Ronfishes (09/03/2018 22:18)
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