When Hurricane Dorian hit North Carolina, specifically the Outer Banks, it was a category 1 storm. Even with the storm weakening, it devastated numerous parts of the state. Farms lost animals in droves, but one farmer recently discovered that his three cows that were washed out to sea by the storm were found alive.
The three cows reportedly swam nearly four miles to the nearest island. The cows’ owner, Woody Hancock, identified them as the three he lost earlier this year.
B.G. Horvat, a Cape Lookout National Seashore park spokesperson, was one of the first to discover the three cows. Horvat told The New York Times that these three cows would tell a mighty interesting story if they could communicate.
“It’s a tremendous story of how they made it,” Horvat said. “If the cows could talk, imagine the story they can tell you of enduring that rush of water,” he added. “That must be incredible.”
Cape Lookout National Seashore park has 56 miles of beaches and is known for its wild horse population.
According to the BBC, the cows were privately owned and grazed on 1,000 acres on Cedar Island prior to the storm taking them.
Since finding the three survivors, Hancock said the three have formed a bond of sorts and refuse to be separated. “Ever since they found each other, they have been hanging out together,” he said. “They are just grazing on the North Core Island.”
Unfortunately for the cows, the owner must remove them within 30 days, which means either having to sedate them and putting them on a ferry or in a trailer, Hancock explained.
The Hancocks lost over 25 horses in the storm as there was an 8-foot storm surge that washed them away. All of the horses ended up drowning.
According to The Washington Post, the storm surge was seen as a “mini-tsunami” as the rain and flooding were immense. These cows were definitely lucky.