Over 300 reindeer killed by lightning strike in Norway

Five of the animals were also euthanised after the incident

Over 300 reindeer killed by lightning strike in Norway

Image: Håvard Kjøntvedt, Environment Directorate / SNO

An entire herd of deer was killed after being hit by lightening in Norway.

It happened on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau on Friday.

Among the 323 animals killed were 70 calves, according to Noway's Environmental Protection Agency (SNO).

Image: Håvard Kjøntvedt, Environment Directorate / SNO

It says there had been bad weather in the area.

Five of the animals were also euthanised by the agency following the incident.

Image: Håvard Kjøntvedt, Environment Directorate / SNO

There are usually some 2,000 deer each year on Hardangervidda.

The SNO says samples have been taken from the animals as part of an investigation.