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Lightning strikes only once _ but kills 52 cows

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - Lightning struck only once - but 52 cows
are dead at an Uruguayan ranch. The newspaper El Pais reports that the
cows had pressed against a wire fence during a storm when the lightning
bolt struck in the northern state of San Jose.

A photograph released by the San Jose Police Department shows the black
and brown cows lying dead in a long row.

The newspaper said Friday that veterinarians at the scene confirmed the
cause of the deaths, which happened Wednesday. The veterinarians told
the newspaper that cows often crowd around fences to seek protection
during storms.
Meteorologist Fernando Torena told the newspaper he wasn't surprised
that a single lightning bolt killed so many cows. But he called it "very bad
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