Dozens of cows killed after lightning storm hits Perry County

Published: Jun. 29, 2015 at 12:40 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 5, 2018 at 4:17 PM CST
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RICHTON, MS (WDAM) - A total of 33 animals were found dead because of a lightning storm that hit on Saturday night in Richton.

“I never thought lightning could do something like this," said Ray Jordan, owner of the herd.

Jordan said he wanted to do a routine check of the herd after the lightning storm went through the area. On Sunday morning, he said he found the herd in a place where they usually go when it rains - an area in the pasture with two trees. Among the animals killed were 23 cows, nine yearlings and one bull.

He said he and his wife, Linda Jordan, expect to lose around $60,000 after losing the animals.

"A few of the cows were expecting, and we found one with a calf hanging out of the sack," Ray Jordan said. 

The owners surveyed the scene Sunday morning and then buried the herd shortly after. They were buried near the pasture where the lightening struck. 

Overall, the owners are saddened by the event.

"We're just glad it wasn't people," the owners added.

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