Video Credit: CEN/Diario Textual-Ariel Hoven
These images show the 22 Aberdeen Angus cows which died after being hit by lightning when they gathered together near a fence during a thunderstorm.
The incident took place near a village in the municipality of Quehue, in the central Argentine province of La Pampa.
The cows belonged to the Los Corrales breeders who reportedly tend to cows and bulls of the Aberdeen Angus breed.
Local media report each animal could be worth between 100,000 and 200,000 ARS (1,276 and 2,552 GBP).
The cows were reportedly scared by the storm in the area and gathered near the fence seen in the images.
The lightning strike reportedly hit one of the fence poles and conduced the electricity to the cows which we killed instantly.
The video shows the cows lying dead on the ground near the fence.
Ariel Hoven, 35, the owner of the ranch, explained to local media that he did not have any kind of insurance for such a situation.
He said: “It is a bitter moment, the storm happened shortly after strong droughts in La Pampa.
“There are cows that could cost between 100,000 and 200,000 ARS or even more(…). They have no price.”
He said that in his working experience he had lost some isolated animals due to a lightning strike, but not such a large number of animals.
The cows were reportedly buried in the field where they were found.
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