After a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern New Zealand this week and sparked more than 100,000 landslides, about 2,000 people were left completely stranded and in need of rescuing.
However, humans weren’t the only ones impacted from the dangerous tremors. Livestock animals from a cattle farm near the small city of Kaikoura had been out grazing in a field when the ground began shaking and crumbling. Once the destruction was done, only a small family of cows stood trapped on a small ‘island’ that was left untouched.
And when helicopters were set out to survey the damage to the land, they discovered the trapped animals, who couldn’t jump down without being killed or breaking bones. And once news got out about the cows, everyone demanded rescuers be sent to help the animals before they would quickly die of dehydration.
However, with human lives still at risk, New Zealand’s emergency services explained the cows would have to wait, which is why a heroic group of farmers banded together to get the job done.
“We dug a track with a number of people … we managed to get a track in and bring them out,” said rescuer Derrick Milton who went out in the dangerous conditions and dug with pickaxes and shovels to form a track the cows could walk down. “They weren’t really happy about where they were, so that made it a bit easier to get them off.”
Watch the entire video below to see how this family of cows was left stranded after a deadly earthquake hit.
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[Featured image: AP]