I grew up on a cattle station on the western Darling Downs. This is a well known phenomenon, especially since cattle will tend to huddle together in a storm for protection (in the middle of an open paddock
). I have also seen lightning hit a tree outside the house and dance all over the room, you don't need to be right in the path of the 'bolt' to be hit, and enough potential to disrupt the heart's electrical signal is all it can take; it doesn't need to leave burn marks.
Anyhow, I think Walter should travel back to eastern Kazakhstan and assure Zhan that it wasn't wolves that killed his cattle. I suggest a completely different route, converging only on Zhan's property
Seriously, these are brilliant ride reports. I've followed them all. Cheers guys.
*edit* sorry Walter, we must have been posting at the same time. I'd delete the post if I knew how.