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Hundreds of reindeer struck dead by lightning.

So now we not only have a bunch of dead reindeer but given it was a lightning strike would that be like a micro-wave in that it pre-cooked them?

Slice those babies up and let’s have din-dins!

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.

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.

However, the agency said ‘we have not heard about such numbers before.’

Knutsen said reindeer tend to stay very close to each other in bad weather.

This, he added, could explain how so many were killed at once.

A dead reindeer lies on its side on the plateau among hundreds of others hit by the strike

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.

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Chicago crime and murder highest in 20 years.

All because Obongo does such a good job uniting the races.

In the weeks since he was shot in the back, 10-year-old Tavon Tanner has undergone several operations to repair the damage from the bullet that tore through his small body and remains lodged between his shoulder and his chest.

The fifth-grader is still in the hospital and still in pain, according to his mother Mellanie Washington. He doesn’t talk as much and cries more often. Sometimes he’ll ask if police have arrested the person who shot him.

“I tell him they will soon,” Washington said. “They will.” No one was in custody as of Monday.

Tavon was among more than 400 people shot in Chicago this month. There have been at least 78 homicides, marking August as the most violent month in the city in almost 20 years, according to data provided by the Chicago Police Department. And there are two more days to go.

The city hasn’t seen a deadlier month since October of 1997, when there were 79 homicides. For the whole year, the count was 761, according to department numbers.

Chicago has recorded 487 homicides and more than 2,800 people shot so far this year, compared to 491 homicides and 2,988 people shot all of last year, according to Tribune data.

Chicago has a lower homicide rate than many other U.S. cities that are smaller in population. But this year, the city has recorded more homicides and shooting victims than New York City and Los Angeles combined, even though the two cities are larger than Chicago’s population of roughly 2.6 million.

New York, with more than three times the population of Chicago, has recorded 760 shooting victims and logged 222 homicides, according to NYPD crime statistics through Aug. 21. In Los Angeles, a city of about 4 million, 176 people have been slain and 729 people shot, according to LAPD crime data through Aug. 20.

The gun violence in Chicago has been concentrated on the South and West sides that have lost population over the years as other areas have grown.
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Nykea Aldridge’s mother, Diann Aldridge, speaks about her daughter during a vigil in Nykea’s honor on Aug. 28, 2016, at New Creation Church in Chicago. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

The Harrison District on the West Side, for example, has had almost 400 people shot this year after logging 350 all of last year. Englewood saw 330 people shot all of last year and has tallied close to 300 this year.

The Harrison District covers a lot of the Lawndale neighborhood, where Tavon lives. The boy was playing out front with his twin sister in the 3900 block of West Polk Street when someone fired as many as nine shots.

He collapsed as he followed his mother through the front door. His twin sister, Taniyah, sat next to him, holding his hand, trying to keep him calm, according to their mother. “Twin don’t leave me, twin don’t leave me,” she kept yelling.

Tavon was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he underwent nearly four hours of surgery, Washington said. The bullet damaged his pancreas, intestines, kidney and spleen as it entered his lower back and lodged in his chest, she said.

In the hours before Tavon was shot, a man in his early 20s was shot in the head at a basketball court down the block where Tavon was not allowed to play. And an older man was shot and killed about four blocks away.

Tavon’s twin sister started school last week without her brother. Washington, who has spent the past couple of weeks in the hospital with her son, said she feels restless as her son’s future remains uncertain.

“Oh, I’m real tired,” she said. “Just waiting on him to get better.”

Chicago police officials have cited the constant flow of illegal firearms through dangerous neighborhoods and an intractable gang problem – with some disputes beginning on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter – as strong contributors to the city’s violence.

In recent months, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has been pushing lawmakers in Springfield to pass legislation requiring harsher sentences for criminals arrested repeatedly for carrying illegal guns.

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She’s slaying beasties everywhere she goes.

And with a bow AND rifle.

Serial trophy hunter Aryanna Gourdin poses proudly alongside a majestic giraffe she has just gunned down in a picture that sparked a furious ­backlash from animal lovers.

But the 12-year-old, who has a string of kills to her name, defiantly vowed never to give up shooting wild beasts and churned out the disputed claim that blood sport like this is a conservation measure that stops the decline in big game numbers.

Aryanna shares the images of her and each ­dead creature on her Facebook page complete with captions bragging about the deaths, despite insisting she “loves” animals.

In one sick picture she can be seen holding the giraffe’s heart. And there are now plans to turn her sights on big cats.

Her boasts about killing defenceless creatures have led to a storm of criticism from around the world, with some branding her a “murderer”, “evil” and “disgusting”. She has even had death threats.

But Aryanna, who has been on several hunting trips with her dad, Eli, said: “I’m a hunter and no matter what people say to me I’m never going to stop.

“It’s something that I cherish and I enjoy and I want other people to see what I’ve been able to ­experience. I want other women and youth to get into the hunting experiences. It’s just awesome.

“We love animals too. It’s just, we also love hunting. I would never back down from hunting.”

Aryanna claimed the giraffe she killed in South Africa was an old bull and a “danger” to the rest of the herd and killing it will free up resources for other animals, ensuring “the species survives”.

The schoolgirl even claimed the kill, which is legal, would provide meat for orphanages and villages in the area.

But the Humane Society International branded the killing “senseless”. ­

International Trade Policy Specialist Masha Kalinina said: “When we allow children to participate in trophy hunting, instead of teaching them to respect creatures we are teaching them that it’s okay to kill for kicks and that animals are worth more dead than alive.

“Trophy hunting is cruel and does nothing to support conservation in Africa.

“Humanity and compassion is the kindest example we can set for the next generation.

“Trophy hunting is short-term financial gain for long-term loss, not just for the animal kingdom but also because killing off charismatic species deprives local economies of ecotourism ­opportunities.

“In South Africa, for example, as much as 2% or more of the gross domestic product is ­generated by wildlife tourism while trophy hunting is estimated to bring in only .02% or less.

“How much of this sum ­actually makes it to conservation, instead of pockets of wealthy hunting operators, is unclear.”

Even other hunters joined in the criticism of Aryanna, from Cove, Utah, after her latest kill. One,

Erica Hamon, told her: “This disgusts me. ‘Why’? Because being proud of a kill is one thing, but this is like a photoshoot and to me it’s not about killing for ‘sport’ and I don’t see a giraffe being ­something you should kill.

“There is a difference in killing a deer to feed your family and harvest the pelt and antlers than killing a giraffe and taking pictures of you holding its heart. That isn’t right at all.”

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