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Lightning strike kills 31 sheep on farm

(WBKO via CNN Newsource)

A Kentucky farmer discovered a horrible scene over the weekend-- lightning had stuck his herd of sheep.

Crist Byler is down 31 sheep after a lightning struck a tree nearby Saturday morning, killing 15 of his ewes and 16 lamb.

"The only thing you could do is clean the mess up. I mean, it's gruesome," he said.

The strike also damaged property.

"It split the fence right here. You can see the ends right here where it burnt," said Crist.

The odds of getting struck by lightning in a year alone are one in about one million.

"Maybe I should just go buy a lottery ticket."

Now he is trying to figure out what to do next.

"I guess I have to replace them, I want to replace them, one way or the other," he said. "There was a couple lambs that I was kinda worried about. They were hit. They were wobbly. So I've been trying to keep an eye on them and they seem to have made it through."

The lightning strike not only took out more than two dozen sheep, but also left behind its mark on the base of the tree.

A daily reminder to Crist of mother nature's deadly strike on the early morning hours of April 14.

"You just have to continue on. Just part of farming," he said.

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