Farmer: Cows struck, killed by lightning

POSTED: 10:21 AM Jul 24 2012   UPDATED: 10:26 AM Jul 24 2012
COOL RIDGE, W.Va. -

As if the power of Mother Nature could ever be taken into question, one farmer got a sobering reminder when he went to check on his cattle Tuesday morning.

Lightning during Monday night's storms is being blamed for the deaths of nearly two dozen cows in West Virginia.

WVNS-TV reported that the cows were huddled under a tree at Circle C Ranch in Cool Ridge.

The owner told the station he believes that tree was struck by lightning, causing the cows' deaths.

Of the cows in the pasture, only three were spared.

The owners said the cows will be examined by a veterinarian, and will then be buried.

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