In the beginning of September, Hurricane Dorian hit the Outer Banks. Dozens of wild animals were swept out to sea, many never to be seen again and presumed dead.
But recently, officials discovered three cows roaming around Cape Lookout National Seashore.
Park staff believe the cows, which originally lived on Cedar Island, arrived at the national park by swimming several miles across the Core Sound.
“I’ll say it’s about 4 miles across Core Sound,” Cape Lookout Spokesman B. G. Horvat told The Charlotte Observer. “Remember, the cows and all the horses were swept away with the water surging back. Who knows exactly, but the [cows] certainly have a gripping story to share.”
The first cow was discovered about a month after the storm passed through the area, and then about two weeks ago two more cows showed up.
The three cows were part of a herd of roughly 20 cows that roamed freely on 1,000 acres of privately owned land on Cedar Island. Woody Hancock, owner of the 28 wild horses that died also occupied the same area, vowed to help get them back home.
The national park stated they are working on the best plan for the wild cows, but it’s likely that they will be sedated—they are wild and very skittish—and taken back to their home by boat.
What an incredible story of survival! Share this if you’re thankful these three cows survived such a terrible ordeal.