During a heavy thunderstorm across the middle of the New Zealand northern island this morning, four cows were killed in a tragic way. The animals were found lifeless by a farm worker on a path between the meadows. The man, James Miles, made a video of the cows struck by lightning and lying lifeless.
"It was an unreal feeling thinking that could of easily been myself or the boss," the farmer said.
Mr Miles said he and his boss were working the farm in the same area where the cows were struck at about 8.30 this morning, just minutes before the fatal bolt.
"We were milking the last row and had a little joke about better get the wife to pick him up to take him home 'cause we might get struck by lightning. We had a little chuckle about that and we carried on our way, and the boss left on quad bike to go home. About five minutes later, I got a call saying to quickly turn the power off - we have had four cows struck by lightning."
"Lightning struck these poor girls," he later wrote while sharing the video with friends on Facebook. "F*** this weather. Stay safe, whanau. Love you all."
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Miles' boss not only lost four of his animals, but also a small fortune with them, since each cow was worth about ten to twelve thousand New Zealand dollars.
The man found the animals on the way back to the farm.
The heavy rains and thunderstorms caused damage in the middle of the northern island. In Auckland a woman had to be taken to the hospital after she had also been struck by lightning.
Flights to and from Auckland were canceled because of the severe weather or delays and in some parts of the city the power fell, while other parts were flooded by the bad weather.
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