Stranded Cow Family Saved Following New Zealand Earthquake
A cow family stranded in New Zealand following a devastating earthquake has been saved. The story of the three cows went viral after a photo of the cattle circulated online. As you can see, the image shows three cows standing on a fairly small grassy area that was left behind following the earthquake. It appeared as though the three were stuck on this patch of elevated land with nowhere to go.
According to The Telegraph, people all over the world became concerned about this cow family, and some made efforts to try and save them. Police had been focused on human life and were trying to make sure that everyone was accounted for before thinking about saving animals -- like these cows.
"The priority of the police is to make sure all human lives are safe and we still need to account for all of them yet," an officer said.
It didn't take long, however, for other people to come together and make a plan to help rescue these animals.
"We managed to get a track in and bring them out. They desperately needed water, cows don't like living without water so that was the first requirement," said a farmer involved in the rescue mission. With about 10 million cattle calling New Zealand home, several were stranded following the earthquake. While rescue efforts saved 14 of these cows, others didn't make it.
"I think one or two had lost calves in the earthquake so they were a bit distressed. It was very steep limestone bluff covered in lovely pasture a week ago, and now it's all in the gully," the farmer added.
The earthquake caused the death of two people so far. Although it was very strong, the damage was not as devastating as the quake that hit in 2011.