5 horses killed by lightning bolt

2012-12-10 09:07

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.

  • siliziwem - 2012-12-10 09:17

    Surely tht ws witchcraft training underway....Mpumalanga 4 u!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-12-10 10:05

      I have no words for this!

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-10 10:23


      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-10 11:20

      .......Hmmmm I wonder if storms like these occur in Nkandla...over a certain homestead perhaps??....just thinking...

      konrad.rontgen - 2012-12-10 12:45

      siliziwem,with a comment like that, i can just shake my head and wonder if the grey matter was working when the comment was typed

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-10 13:14

      In keeping with the tone @ N24................ This storm was created by the ANC to murder these noble beasts

      damon.leff - 2012-12-10 15:52

      It is against the law to make accusations or allegations of witchcraft!

  • tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-12-10 09:46

    I was on the road during this thunderstorm and I've actually mentioned to my wife how obvious it was that all horses as far as we went were standing in the open field - even with light hail falling at times. Funny that these horses chose otherwise. I saw them myself yesterday. A sad sight.

  • cheree.cox - 2012-12-10 09:57

    This is jus soooooooo sad :( :( :( tragic for the 5 beautiful horses ... To the ppl that find this humorous SHAME ON U , obviously not an ounce of decency within u ... May those horses souls RIP an may the remainin 4 have peace an calm in their lives ...

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-12-10 11:48

      What the So would you like to shoot all the lions and tigers and carnivore animals because they eat the pretty cute animemels of yours shame... Grow up its called nature... If humans killed them yeah cry but don't be a drama queen

      cheree.cox - 2012-12-10 20:01

      O Chris y don't u get ova ur self an grow up ... My comment is exactly that MY COMMENT ... In other words its the way I feel

  • nicolajane.harrison.3 - 2012-12-10 10:08

    This is so sad.. I don't know what I would do if anything happened to mine..

  • tatsee - 2012-12-10 10:08

    Although its a sad story,this is nature taking care of itself in much the same way a Lion would run-down and kill a young deer.

      Riaan - 2012-12-10 10:56

      We dont have deer in africa, their all helping santa this year...

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-10 12:49

      Oh deer.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-10 13:16

      Usually Lightning is NOT a part of the Food Cycle......This is bad Luck.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-12-10 10:24

    Why haven't they mentioned that one horse is a stable condition...?

      werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-10 11:08

      HAHAHA, you made my Monday!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-10 11:23

      Mine too...clever one...

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-12-10 11:45

      Who ever disliked this are idiots that was awesome!

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-12-10 11:42

    This is what happens when you think you are faster than usain bolt..stupid horses

      TSR01 - 2012-12-10 12:31

      1. Usain Bolt isn't faster than lightning 2. They were sheltering under a tree (as in, not moving) 3. Not sure if you were trying to make a pun about Usain "Bolt" (lightning bolt) but if you were, it wasn't that obvious

  • mitch.dhooghe - 2012-12-10 11:54

    What a shocking story!

  • angelanair3 - 2012-12-10 13:44

    My heart bleeds for these horses! Sadly its nature wielding its power. Lightning cannot be controlled - but dont scoff at the witchcraft theory. I went to Woolworths while a thunderstorm was raging - lightning caused the lights to go out - and being a superstore Woolies switched on generators - but one of the cashiers broke down and refused to serve me! She was terrified of the lightning - after the sobbing had subsided it was learnt that she believed it to be witchcraft! An intelligent young girl who had to be educated to be working for a large company - believed in witchcraft!!!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-10 13:54

      Many Many travel every Sunday for their weekly consumption of fairy tales.

  • johann.matthews.50 - 2012-12-10 14:11

    the resistance in the earth is more and the resistance in the body is less - thus the electricity would take the quicker route up and down die horse legs - that's when it happens. good news about ligthning is that when you can the thunder after the strike then you are still alive...

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-10 14:14

    I often visit Kaap se Hoop - This is tragic news - poor animals.

  • mart.botha - 2012-12-10 15:47

    Nature is tough and takes no prisoners. I am fascinated by the report that the animals appeared to be on edge before the strike but this I suppose would be attributed to the charged atmosphere before a storm....or maybe they are possessed of senses that man cannot understand.

  • megan.choi.526 - 2012-12-10 19:55

    “We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning, and if it only happened to the horses as I have never seen any cows being struck by lightning”

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