These three cows went viral after helicopter footage showing the animals’ plight was published to the internet following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand.

The lucky creatures were recently rescued, however, after the owner Derrick Millton dug a track in the soil for them to safely escape.

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Apart from being without water for 24 hours, the livestock were unharmed. They, along with 14 other members of the herd, were successfully rescued despite the incredibly rocky terrain following the disaster.

The earthquake struck Kaikoura – a relatively small tourist town of 3,500 people – early on Monday. Though the island is being rocked by landslides and flooding, there is currently a diligent team of helicopters airlifting stranded victims to safety.

(WATCH the video below)


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