5 horses killed by lightning bolt

2012-12-10 09:07
Wild horses are seen outside a guesthouse in Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga. (Beeld)

Wild horses are seen outside a guesthouse in Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga. (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Five wild horses were killed by a single lightning bolt during a thunderstorm in Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga, over the weekend, it was reported on Monday.

Reinette van Niekerk, a member of the Kaapsehoop horse fund, told Beeld that a herd of nine wild horses sheltered under a tree a short distance away from the guesthouse where she was staying on Saturday afternoon.

"It looked as though something was bothering them. They seemed stressed and restless."

With a storm fast approaching, Van Niekerk and her husband went to move their car into the garage.

"We were still in the car when we heard a deafeningly loud crack. We went to investigate and saw five of the horses lying under the tree."

The remaining four horses had run away, and were nowhere to be found.

Van Niekerk's father, Willie Charlotte, said everyone in the town knew the horses, as they moved freely in the nature reserve outside the town.

"It's a sad story for the town, we were all very fond of those animals," he said.

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