Lightning safety of animals

  • Gomes C
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Abstract

This paper addresses a concurrent multidisciplinary problem: animal safety against lightning hazards. In regions where lightning is prevalent, either seasonally or throughout the year, a considerable number of wild, captive and tame animals are injured due to lightning generated effects. The paper discusses all possible injury mechanisms, focusing mainly on animals with commercial value. A large number of cases from several countries have been analyzed. Economically and practically viable engineering solutions are proposed to address the issues related to the lightning threats discussed.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Animal safety
  • Direct strikes
  • Lightning injury
  • Preventive measures
  • Side flashes
  • Step potential

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