Clodfobble Sunday Oct 26 03:13 AM
October 26, 2008: Electric Fence
classicman Sunday Oct 26 03:16 AM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Oct 26 03:33 AM
I've also seen pictures like this with horses. Critters will gather under trees, too, which is a really bad idea. Really sad.
newtimer Sunday Oct 26 04:17 AM
classicman Sunday Oct 26 05:35 AM
They should have moo-ved away.
SPUCK Sunday Oct 26 05:59 AM
That's sad, all of them pasturing away like that..
ZenGum Sunday Oct 26 06:34 AM
People, I herd that we've already done the electricity puns. Please steer away from them.
Sundae Sunday Oct 26 10:00 AM
Wow. Like Zen says, what if you didn't know - I certainly wouldn't have guessed.
Mayor of Shekou Sunday Oct 26 11:52 AM
Wow. A real field day for that rare person into both bestiality and necrophilia!
dar512 Sunday Oct 26 01:59 PM
I blame the parents. These cows would never have died if they hadn't been grounded.
glatt Sunday Oct 26 04:32 PM
I understand that in a fence like this, a strong current can be induced during an electrical storm, even if the fence itself isn't struck. When lightning strikes even a few hundred feet away from the fence, it radiates an electromagnetic field, and as that field passes by the fence, a current is induced in the fence wire. The stronger and closer the lightning strike is to the fence, the stronger the current.
Gravdigr Sunday Oct 26 05:12 PM
Elspode Sunday Oct 26 07:22 PM
I wonder if they were medium or well done?
sweetwater Sunday Oct 26 09:17 PM
This is an especially tragic scene because the grass is actually greener on their side of the fence... for all the good it did them.
onetrack Sunday Oct 26 11:05 PM
Not as unusual as you'd imagine ..
That number has gotta be some kind of record. I recall a number of years ago, that a farmer situated in the high country (Tablelands) of North-Western, New South Wales (the state in which Sydney is the capital), lost 45 cattle to one lightning strike.
tw Monday Oct 27 04:39 AM
If a nearby strike could induce currents that high, then devices designed to maximumize those currents would always be destroyed by nearby strikes. How many cell phones and car radios are routinely destroyed by nearby strikes? Zero.
Campers were sleeping near a tree that suffered a direct lightning strike. Those who were sleeping parallel to the tree were unharmed. Those who were sleeping pointed towards the tree were rushed to the emergency room. Follow the current (just like diagnosing hum from a computer). Current was down the tree, through earth, into the campers head, out via his feet, then outward in earth. Best electrical path was the longest distance through campers who were not parallel.
Same applies to four legged animals that are at even greater risk. Common is for a nearby tree to be struck. That current takes a shorter path by rising from earth into a cow's hind legs. Back to earth on fore legs. Path through a cow is the most conductive path which is why a tree struck 30 feet away also electrocutes nearby four legged animals.
What should be located on golf courses? Shacks surrounded by a buried copper wire loop so that lightning currents in earth need not kill by traveling up one leg and down the other. Instead the buried loop makes an electrically shorter path.
Damage from nearby fields is common when myths get promoted as fact. If nearby fields were so deadly, then every nearby baby monitor and smoke detector were also destroyed.
Only fact was that cows were electrocuted. Was a tree just behind the photographer? Currents down that tree and through cows may have been seeking charges located somewhere on the horizon of that picture.
SPUCK Monday Oct 27 06:06 AM
SPUCK Monday Oct 27 06:14 AM
Here's where the skilled prankster puts up a sign that sez;
So they have to get out and look closely to read the sign.
spudcon Monday Oct 27 06:59 AM
Knowing cow behavior, and seeing the green pasture, one might think these cows were just very contented, instead of being ground beef.
gmr2048 Monday Oct 27 01:54 PM
In other news...
...the local McDonald's franchise announced "10¢ Hamburgers Week" starts today!
Sheldonrs Monday Oct 27 01:58 PM
I'm guessing that the moths of the world are finally testing their Human Zapper on larger animals before human testing begins.
Nirvana Monday Oct 27 04:15 PM
Flint Monday Oct 27 04:40 PM
We should eat those cows.
busterb Tuesday Oct 28 10:11 PM
The farmers around here only lose cattle to lighting strikes around income tax time
SPUCK Wednesday Oct 29 03:35 AM
Near here a turkey ranch caught one of the 5 or 6 lightning bolts that show up in our area each year. The turkeys were all near a huge metal feed trough when it was struck. Approximately 10,000 turkeys um, ah, bought the farm. I believe the farm shut down permanently soon after.