A huge earthquake recently struck New Zealand, dealing significant damage all around the country and causing two fatalities. Strangely enough, these three cows managed to be standing in just the right spot to survive the quake.
The earthquake was rated as 7.8 on the Richter scale and has been extremely destructive, damaging huge parts of the landscape, as well as man-made creations like roads and railway lines.
While most of the world’s attention was on the human survivors of this tragedy, one story really stood out from the rest. It turned out that three cows had been able to survive the quake, but the ground around them had completely fallen away, leaving them stranded on a little island, with no way to escape.
The cows are stuck on their island near the town of Kaikoura and were first seen when a helicopter flew overhead to check out the damage in the local area.
Police said that humans took priority at the time as they were too busy ensuring that everyone else was safe, but that local farmers and emergency workers could choose to help them.
Naturally, the internet responded in its usual fashion by begging for someone to go and save those poor little bovines.
— Sarah Jane (@PatsyPunk) November 14, 2016
Three New Zealand cows looked like they could use a little help after an earthquake triggered landslides all around…
— streem (@frameshi) November 14, 2016
Someone helicopter in and save the poor cows pic.twitter.com/NQ3dF8nhNc
— Elaine (@eelstweeters) November 14, 2016
— Juliet Rowan (@Juliet_Rowan) November 14, 2016
Guys, we gotta go in get these cows! https://t.co/tFgAcSkNXu
— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) November 14, 2016
Well, we can report that the stranded cows have been rescued. A local farmer reported:
The soil was quite soft because it had all been tipped over and bumbled around, we managed to get a track in and bring them out.”
Sadly the farmer went on to confirm that he had lost a lot of stock:
We did lose stock. The whole hillside fell during the earthquake and we had a lot of stock on there — we don’t know what we’ve got.
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