The recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand left many lives in chaos.  It triggered landslides, tsunami waves and hundreds of aftershocks according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  The hardest hit region was Canterbury where there was a local state of emergency declared.  Thousands were stranded there and a large river was dammed up which cut many off from other regions and support.

But it wasn’t just people who were stranded. . .

The earthquake also affected New Zealand’s livestock population, including three cows that a helicopter spotted stranded on a tiny grass outcrop.  The images of these cows on such a little plot of land with caverns created from the earthquake all around them has gone viral, and their rescue has made a hero out of their owner.


The Kaikoura farmer reported the he rescued his famous cows with a pick and a shovel.  The two beef cows and a calf were a part of a group of 14 cows rescued from his property.  “We dug a track with a number of people. The soil was quite soft because it had all been tipped over and bumbled around,” the farmer told Newshub of creating a flat path for the cows to move from the quake island. “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.”

Local First Responders are sure that there are more livestock that need to be rescued on other huge plots of farm land.  But their hands have been full rescuing people as their top priority.  “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,” local police said. “In the meantime, it’s all hands on deck, and if farmers and emergency services together can get to these cows, they will certainly make an effort to rescue them.”