More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster.
The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.
The agency says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves.
Some 323 dead wild reindeers struck by lightning are seen littering a hill side on Hardangervidda mountain plateau in central Norway on Saturday
The animal tragedy is believed to have occurred during a lightning storm Friday.
Five of the reindeer were not killed immediately but had to be put down due to injuries, BNO News reported.
Environment Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told the AP it's not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes.
Thousands of reindeer migrate across the barren Hardanangervidda plateau as the seasons change.
The BNO website said the number which died is believed to be the largest number of animals killed by lightning ever recorded.
It said 68 cows were killed in 2005 in a strike on a dairy farm in Australia, according to Guinness World Records.\