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Relax, The Cow Family Stranded By An Earthquake Is Safe And Sound

"They were a bit distressed."

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But the bovine family was rescued after farmers dug a track down and away from the elevated patch of grass, one farmer told Newshub.

"We managed to get a track in and bring them out," he said.

"They desperately needed water, cows don't like living without water so that was the first requirement."

The farmer said the fault line ran underneath the farm and a number of cows had died during the earthquake. Fourteen had to be rescued.

"It was very steep limestone bluff covered in lovely pasture a week ago, and now it's all in the gully," he said.

One of the earthquake's two fatalities occurred near Kaikoura after firefighters responded to a collapsed house.

They pulled 100-year-old woman Margaret Edgar and her daughter-in-law Pam from the rubble.

Emergency service workers were unable to save Margaret’s son Louis, who reportedly died at the scene.

Gina Rushton is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Gina Rushton at gina.rushton@buzzfeed.com.

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