Freak lightning strike hurls six cows through the air, killing them

Freak lightning strike hurls six cows through the air, killing them
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A powerful lightning strike in Australia hurled six cows through the air into a fence, killing them.

A Queensland farmer said he was confused when he found his animals days later, all lying in a straight line.

"There were a few cracks of lightning and thunder and then there was one particularly loud one and that's all we heard," Derek Shirley told ABC News.

"They were blown up by the time we found them."

At first glance he thought they'd been poisoned, because there wasn't a mark on any of them.

"But they don't just lay in a line like that.

"The strike has actually thrown them into the fence, like some of them were through the wires."

It is theorised, however, that it wasn't the force which killed the animals, but simultaneous heart attacks as the electricity travelled though their back legs.

Female cows usually weigh upwards of 700kg. The four cows and two calves were worth an estimated $10,000, Mr Shirley told ABC News.

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