Friday, September 18, 2009

Nine Buffalos Struck by Lightning

Photo Courtesy of Thairath

PRACHINBURI – Lightning struck nine buffalos in Prachinburi. Five of the females were pregnant at the time. The owner had used a copper wire fence to create a boundary which ultimately caused the buffalo’s deaths.

Mrs. Sudjai Pompu, 56-years-old, in Prachinburi took off to the farm she had rented to raise buffalo cattle. When she arrived, she found all nine of her buffalo’s dead; in value of over 200,000 baht. The cause of the deaths was not immediately apparent, so she informed Mr. Somlak Chueythong, the head minister of the town to solve the mystery.

After examination of the carcasses, all buffalos appeared to have been grilled by lightning. The skin could be scraped right off the bodies.

It was discovered that a wild thunder storm had taken place the night before, and that the copper wired fencing constructed by the owner, played a big part in the electrocutions. It was also discovered that five of the buffalos were about to give birth.

The agricultural ministry helped the owner by buying off two of the dead buffalos for 15,000 baht each, and a slaughter house stepped in to take the rest for 5,000 baht each, adding to a total value of 65,000 baht for the owner.

Courtesy of Thairath

Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak