A Missouri farmer and his son made a sad and shocking discovery on their farm after a storm made its way through small town on Wednesday morning.
Chase Hagin went to inspect a 200-year-old tree in Edgar Springs that had been hit by lightning when he realized that the tree was not the only thing the lightning struck. Also hit were a dozen cattle, including two pregnant cows, three calves and one registered bull.
“I came over the hill and I saw this and I was on the phone with my dad and I kept counting more and more,” Hagin told KTVI. “He got off the phone because he thought I was lying.”
Hagin said he believed that after the weather turned bad and it began to hail, the cows sought shelter under the tree. Lightning struck a few minutes later.
Quarter-sized hail was reported in the area.
The Hagin family, which has been in the farming business for generations, estimated the loss to be around $28,000. Luckily, 50 of the family’s cows were unharmed.