Cattle stranded after New Zealand earthquake are rescued

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Three cows stranded on a small island of land after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand have been led to safety by a team of rescuers, media said on Tuesday, November 15th.

The cows' plight went viral on Monday, November 14th after video shot from a helicopter showed them huddled on an elevated patch of grass near Kaikoura, about 90 miles northeast of Christchurch. The ground around them had apparently shifted or collapsed during the tremor.

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In this image made from video, three cows are stranded on an island of grass in a paddock that had been ripped apart following an earthquake near Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.

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The earthquake destroyed Elms homestead that killed resident Louis Edgar in Monday's 7.8-magnitude quake is seen near Kaikoura, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. New Zealand military leaders said Wednesday they had almost completed the evacuation of more than 700 tourists and residents from a small coastal town, two days after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed two people, cut off train and vehicle access, triggered a small tsunami, and brought down rocks and mud that swept across highways.

(Mike Scott/New Zealand Herald via AP)

A freight train is seen trapped by landslides following an earthquake in the area north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.

(Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald Pool Photo via AP)

Evacuees formerly stranded in the earthquake-affected town of Kaikoura stand alongside the helicopter that brought them to the town of Woodend, near Christchurch, New Zealand, November 16, 2016.

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Earthquake damage to State Highway 1 is seen south of Kaikoura on November 16, 2016. Rescue efforts after a devastating earthquake in New Zealand intensified on November 16 as a fleet of international warships began arriving in the disaster zone.

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Groceries litter the aisle at the New World, in Miramar area of Wellington, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, after a major earthquake struck New Zealand's south Island early Monday. A powerful earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch but appeared to be more strongly felt in the capital, Wellington, more than 120 miles away.

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A rail line is covered by landslide near Conway in Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 after a powerful earthquake. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.

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A huge dam formed by a landslide as a result of the 7.5 earthquake, on the Clarence River north of Kaikoura on November 14, 2016 in New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas.

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Evacuees formerly stranded in the earthquake-affected town of Kaikoura stand alongside the helicopter that brought them to the town of Woodend, near Christchurch, New Zealand November 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Lincoln Feast)

A buried vehicle tunne on State Highway 1 from the November 14 earthquake is seen south of Kaikoura on November 16, 2016. Rescue efforts after a devastating earthquake in New Zealand intensified on November 16 as a fleet of international warships began arriving in the disaster zone.

(MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

A damaged car is towed by a breakdown mechanic at the scene where a man crashed his car into the sea on November 16, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. A medical incident is to believed to have caused a man to drive his car off road, into the Avon-Heathcote Estuary. He is reported to be in hospital and no others were involved in the incident.

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Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One, south of the township of Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island, November 14, 2016.

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Mary Kimber stands in her kitchen following an earthquake in Waiau, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.

(Mike Scott/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Logs are dislodged from their stacks at the ports in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, following an earthquake. A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island early Monday, killing at least two people, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure, and prompting emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves.

(Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) 

Doug Winter from the Red Cross disaster response team gets a hug from Britain's Amy Cook after she found out she was getting flown from Kaikoura, New Zealand, following Monday's earthquake. New Zealand military leaders said Wednesday they had almost completed the evacuation of more than 700 tourists and residents from a small coastal town, two days after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed two people, cut off train and vehicle access, triggered a small tsunami, and brought down rocks and mud that swept across highways.

(Mike Scott/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Tourists and people wanting to leave Kaikoura board rescue boats to be transported to the HMNZS Canterbury, in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. New Zealand military leaders said Wednesday they had almost completed the evacuation of more than 700 tourists and residents from a small coastal town, two days after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed two people, cut off train and vehicle access, triggered a small tsunami, and brought down rocks and mud that swept across highways.

(Mike Scott/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Products lie on the ground in a chemist after an earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas.

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An excavator clears a landslide on a section of state highway 1 near Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 after a powerful earthquake. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.

(David Alexander/SNPA via AP)

Debris from a building lays on the ground in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, following an earthquake. A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island early Monday, killing at least two people, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure, and prompting emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves.

(Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) 

Waiwhetu Stream swells with flood water after a bout of severe weather on November 15, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington has been hit by torrential rain and gale-forced winds in the wake of the earthquakes, which killed two people.

(Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

A strong after-shock brings a huge slip tumbling down a Valley in the Kaikoura Range on November 14, 2016 in New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas.

(Photo by Mark Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)

The Waiau Lodge Hotel, in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas.

(Photo by Matias Delacroix/Getty Images)

The Waiau Lodge Hotel, in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas.

(Photo by Matias Delacroix/Getty Images)

Rotherham Road, 110 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage and land slip in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas.

(Photo by Matias Delacroix/Getty Images)

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The farmer, who said 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, Newshub said.

The unnamed farmer said the cows desperately needed water and might have lost calves in the quake.

The earthquake struck just after midnight on Sunday, November 13th, destroying farm homesteads, sending glass and masonry toppling from high rises in the capital Wellington and cutting road and rail links throughout the northeast of the South Island. At least two people were killed.

Helicopter footage, from Kaikoura on the north east coast of the country's South Island, on Monday showed the cattle trapped on a tiny piece of land.

Kaikoura, a popular base for whale-watching, was completely cut off by massive landslips following the tremor.

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