Mink Tragedy

And continuing with today’s “Take Cover!” theme . . .

That sure was some violent thunderstorm that hit Jutland (i.e. the Danish mainland) on Tuesday. For its lightning claimed not only the 31 cows mentioned in an entry below, but also around 1,000 domesticated minks.

Yes, as Berlingske Tidende reports today (this time they were the only major on-line newspaper to carry this story), lightning also hit a building on a mink-farm Tuesday morning near Grindsted, also in mid-Jutland but just a little more south than where all those cows died. Now, it was not the case this time that all these minks were electrocuted at once; rather, the lightning-strike set on fire some of the straw put in and around their cages, and soon the whole building was up in flames. Naturally, the fire department had to be called out.

Sorry, after that first remarkable report about the fried cows, I felt almost an obligation to follow-up with the other entries you see here with the same general theme of “havoc from the skies.” This should be the last – let’s hope – because otherwise I won’t be able to help myself again, and you’re sure to hear about it . . .

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