Animals have been frozen solid after temperatures dropped to -59.8°F (-51°C) in Kazakhstan on January 20, 2021.
Videos show both a sheep, two dogs, a rat? and a Saiga antelope frozen to death amid bitter conditions sweeping across the Central Asian nation.
The sheep was probably eating in a field before dying in the arctic conditions.
The dogs seem to have died instantly, freezing in place, as if they suddenly had no air to breathe anymore.
I don’t know what the rat was trying to do climbing on the back of one the dogs, but it was probably looking for a warm and sheltered place.
This strange event reminds me of similar images of a hare and a dog that froze to death amid extremely cold winter conditions in Kazakhstan in 2018.
Two days ago, a temperature of -61°F (about -52°C) was recorded in Yakutsk, a city in neighbouring Russia. One of the more chilling temperatures was recorded in Delyankir at a whopping -72.4°F (-58°C) on January 18th, 2021.
Parts of eastern Russia and surrounding countries are registering temperatures below -40°C (-40°F) since the middle of December, courtesy of the bone-chilling polar vortex lingering over Siberia. This is the longest cold spell in fourteen years in the region.