Thursday, April 23, 2009

Animals and lightning

Still on the subject of animals, but these aren't mummified. The cow pictured is believed to have survived a lightning strike in Gladstone, South Australia, in January. Cows are prone to lightning strikes, according to the article, because they have all four feet on the ground and are eating grass where the electricity from the strike is conducted. Giraffes are even more likely to attract lightning because of their height. A 6-year-old 12-foot-tall giraffe named "Betsy" was killed by a lightning bolt in July 2003 at the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida - the severe storm swept in quickly and the animal died instantly. The dog in this video had a near miss, but seems to have been affected by the charge in the air as it chases around the yard afterward!

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