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These three cows have been left stranded after New Zealand's powerful quake

Helicopters are circling the Kaikoura area after last night’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

New Zealand Earthquake The two cows and calf were spotted this morning. Source: Newshub

THESE THREE NEW Zealand cows looked like they could use a little help after an earthquake triggered landslides all around them and left them stranded on a small island of grass.

In the video taken by Newshub news service from a helicopter near the small town of Kaikoura, two adult cattle and a calf stuck on a chunk of land in a paddock that had been ripped apart in today’s magnitude-7.8 quake.

The patch of grass was surrounded by deep ravines of collapsed earth, trapping the animals where they stood.

It was not immediately clear who owned the cattle or what was being done to help them.

Kaikoura is close to the epicentre of the overnight earthquake, and where one of the two confirmed deaths occurred.

The quake was strongly felt to the south in Christchurch but was far less damaging than a smaller 2011 earthquake that devastated the city and killed 185 people.

New Zealand’s 10 million cattle easily outnumber its 4.7 million people.

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