Trees attract lightening. Sheltering under a tree during a lightening storm is a poor idea. Earlier this summer, I believe I saw news stories about people killed by lightening. They too were standing under a tree.
Got the idea? Don’t take shelter under a tree.
A single bolt of lightning striking a tree was all it took to kill 19 cows who were sheltering during a storm.
In seconds, the storm wiped out about a third of the herd in Hallsville, Texas.
Their owner, Ashley Anderson, said she and her husband had never seen anything like it, and called it a freak incident.
“It’s not something you see every day. Just kind of surreal to see it,” she told WSFA news.
“It’s just a freak thing; I mean they were just staying out of the rain,” she added.
“There’s really, to my knowledge, nothing you can do to prevent this.”
She added that lightning had never killed any of the family’s cows and none of the neigbours’ animals, at least not to this extent.
Neighbour Victor Benson saw it happen, reported WSFA. He described how he watched as one lightning bolt hit the herd “in the blink of an eye”.
Some animals managed to get up and stumbled away, but most were killed outright.
The dead animals were quickly removed from the field and were given to people for meat.
There is still reportedly a mark on the tree where the bolt hit.
The news comes shortly after 323 reindeer were killed in Norway by lightning as they were migrating across a plateau.
The sight of cows peacefully grazing in a pasture is one of the most pleasant sights you can imagine. My grandfather had a farm and although he had no cows, the neighboring farm next door did. I got to know the beasts quite well–through a barbed wire fence. Although cows are peaceful,they are huge.
Sadly, a wealthy Hindu doctor bought up all the farm land and built a huge mansion on it. The sturdy, independent white American farmer is almost gone. It’s something we’ve lost, partly because of globalism and diversity.
If you ever get a chance to befriend a cow, take the opportunity. The cow will enjoy it and so might you.