Cows stranded after New Zealand quake ‘saved’

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The cows were in need of water, and had lost calves during the quake. (AP/Newshub)

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and I think one or two had lost calves in the earthquake, so they were a bit distressed.”Kaikoura was completely cut off by massive landslips following the tremor, which struck just after midnight on Sunday, destroying homesteads and cutting road and rail links throughout the northeast of the South Island.”We did lose stock. AP Three cows stranded on a small island of land after New Zealand’s powerful earthquake have been rescued, local media reported.The cows’ plight went viral after video shot from a helicopter showed them huddled on an elevated patch of grass near Kaikoura, about 150 kilometres northeast of Christchurch.The ground around them had apparently shifted or collapsed during the magnitude 7.8 tremor.The farmer, who told Newshub the cows were part of a group of 14 he rescued, worked with a team to dig a path for the cattle to escape after determining the land was safe.”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,” he said.”They desperately needed water… The whole hillside fell during the earthquake and we had a lot of stock on there — we don’t know what we’ve got,” the farmer said.