(ANIMAL RESCUE/ANIMAL VIDEO) Monday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake in New Zealand left a cow family stranded on an island as the land surrounding them collapsed during resulting landslides. Footage shows two adult cattle and a calf stuck on a tiny pillar of land, near Kaikoura, about 150 kilometres northeast of Christchurch. Fortunately, one brave farmer and his team managed to save their lives after digging up a path for the cattle to escape once determining the land was safe.

“The soil was quite soft because it had all been tipped over and bumbled around, we managed to get a track in and bring them out,” he said.

“They desperately needed water… and I think one or two had lost calves in the earthquake, so they were a bit distressed.”

The rescuer said a fault line ran along the farm, killing several cows, but at least 14 were rescued in total. — Global Animal