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45 cows killed by single lightning strike near Darby

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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DARBY – A single lightning bolt killed 45 cattle on a Darby-area ranch last week.

The cows, calves and a prize bull were crowded together under some small crabapple trees when the lightning struck, said rancher Jean Taylor.

The incident happened July 14.

“It was exactly at 10:28 p.m.,” Taylor said. “The clap of thunder woke me up. Some friends told me they felt the shock in their house.”

The Taylors live south of Tin Cup Road.

The family had spent years building their herd of Black Angus cattle.

“They were beautiful cattle,” she said. “It killed cows and their calves and a bull that we had just bought last spring. It’s very sad.”

Local ranchers helped the family dispose of the dead animals.

“No one had ever heard of so many cattle being killed by lightning like that,” Taylor said. “We have eight or 10 cows left in our herd.”

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mlg1989
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM
Lightning is some scary stuff. I always get nervous when photographing storms because of the lightning.
Its crazy that it killed that many animals from one single bolt, mustve been super powerful!
Crashly
by Ashley on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM
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Thanks for posting this. I didn't want to waste an e-read on it, lol
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM
Well at least the meat was cooked lmao. In all seriousness that sucks for the ranchers tho.
Spam72
by Emerald Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM
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OT there was a woman in lower Darby that stole stuff by cramming it up her lady bits. I now call that area the lower Darby.
AllieKat
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM
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The real question here is, would anyone try a piece of the dead cows?
Crashly
by Ashley on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM
I wonder if they insured them?
Sissi30
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM
How crappy for the owners
firecat8301
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I feel bad for the Taylor family.  That is sad that they lost most of their herd from one bolt of lightning.  

thetrollcat
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I havent seen any comments regards if they did or didnt. So who knows.

Quoting Crashly: I wonder if they insured them?


thetrollcat
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

BUMP!

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