Cattle stranded after New Zealand earthquake are rescued

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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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