Lightning Strike Kills Over 300 Reindeer In Norway

‘We’ve never had anything like this with lightning’

via Twitter

Monday, the Norwegian Environment Agency announced a disturbing discovery in the Hardangervidda mountain plateau region. A freak lightning storm killed 323 reindeer, 70 of which were calves. Only five reindeer survived the strike but they were found in serious condition and put down immediately. Although lightning strikes are known to kill the occasional elk or deer, the area has never seen anything like this before. “The high moisture in both the ground and the air was probably an explanation for why so many animals died,” Olav Strand, senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, said in a statement.

via Twitter

Officials are unsure whether it was one bolt of lightning or multiple strikes that caused the destruction. Reindeer tend to huddle together during inclement weather which could explain why so many were affected. In addition, the area was extremely wet which probably increased the lightning’s conductivity. Although officials have made no statement about how they will clean up the carcasses, it’s presumed they’ll let nature take its course.


A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

Keep Reading
via Bossip / Twitter

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

Keep Reading
via United for Respect / Twitter

Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

Keep Reading