New Zealand Earthquake Leaves Cows Stranded on Grass Patch in Middle of Landslides

Posted by Mateja Lane

New Zealand suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday. 

While a Newshub helicopter flew over the small town of Kaikoura, they noticed three cows stuck on a piece of land jutting up from the remains of a landslide. The cows were stranded on the piece of land with steep cliffs on all sides.

The earthquake that hit New Zealand Monday has killed two people and caused tsunamis with eight-foot waves along the coast. The epicenter of the quake was near Kaikoura, where the wreckage was most clearly seen in the landscape and how it has effected the animals that graze there.

There are 10 million cattle on the island of New Zealand, outnumbering its 4.7 million human inhabitants.

UPDATE: The cows were rescued when volunteers helped the owner of the cattle dig a trench for the cows to make their way down. Unfortunately the New Zealand farmer lost other cows in his herd.

The cow's owner told The Mirror:

"They desperately needed water, cows don't like living without water so that was the first requirement, and I think one or two had lost calves in the earthquake so they were a bit distressed."

Cows and residents alike are now recovering and picking up the pieces from the natural disaster.

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New Zealand Earthquake Leaves Cows Stranded on Grass Patch in Middle of Landslides