Three cows that disappeared during the passage of Hurricane Dorian in Carteret County, North Carolina, were located alive in the island chain in front of that state after swimming at least four miles during the storm.
The hurricane generated a "small tsunami" that swept through wildlife, including a group of wild horses and cows that were dragged into the open sea.
"Cows and wild horses have always roamed free on the islands," Rhonda Looper told Univision News, a local photographer who has taken several snapshots of the animals.RELATED
Although the inhabitants thought that all the animals had died after the passage of the hurricane, workers from the Cape Lookout National Seashore National Park saw a small group of cows that were grazing on another of the barrier islands after the passage of Hurricane Dorian.
The locals indicate that cows have the ability to swim a few meters but there was no record that they could swim in the open sea. It is estimated that the cows arrived at the national park after swimming 4 miles from Cedar Island.
BG Horvat, spokesman for the Cape Park, said the animals were lucky they had not been dragged into the Atlantic Ocean. Woody Hancock, one of the residents, identified the cows as originating from Cedar Island, The Charlotte Observer newspaper reported.
"It's a great story of how they managed to survive," said Horvat. "If the cows could talk, imagine the story they could tell about how they endured all that water, that must have been incredible."
The cows were part of a group of cattle that had been domesticated that graze on an area of 1,000 acres of privately owned land on Cedar Island.
The first cow was found by park employees on September 7 and two more cows were located three weeks later. Since the cows were located they have been seen grazing together on the North Core Island.
National park authorities now hope to find the owner of the cattle so they can return home.
The New York Times reported that Nena Hancock of Cedar Island, who lost 28 horses during the storm, offered to relocate the cows once their owner appears.
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