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Cows stranded by New Zealand quake

WELLING­TON, New Zealand — Three New Zealand cows looked like they could use a lit­tle help Mon­day af­ter an earth­quake trig­gered land­slides all around them and left them stranded on a small is­land of grass.

Video taken by Newshub news ser­vice from a he­li­copter near the small town of Kaik­oura shows two adult cat­tle and a calf stuck on a chunk of land in a pad­dock that had been ripped apart in Mon­day’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 epi­cen­ter 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.

— AP

Bri­tish man aims to swim At­lantic

DAKAR, Sene­gal — For­mer Bri­tish po­lice of­fi­cer Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swim­ming ev­ery mile of the At­lantic Ocean from Africa to South Amer­ica. Af­ter more than three years of prepa­ra­tion, he set off on Sun­day.

The 38-year-old walked down a beach in Dakar and into the At­lantic Ocean, launch­ing a swim for 1,635 nau­ti­cal miles, or nearly 3 200 kilo­me­ters, from Sene­gal to Brazil.

“This is for my daugh­ter,” said Hooper, who filled a wa­ter bot­tle with sand to keep for the 8-year-old who he said in­spired the swim. “It’s been a long time com­ing.”

Flanked by two boats and a crew of less than a dozen, Hooper aims to be the first per­son to swim ev­ery mile of the At­lantic Ocean from con­ti­nent to con­ti­nent, step­ping on land again in March.

He says he trained three years as he gath­ered a crew for the Big Blue, the main boat on which he will eat and sleep when he is not swim­ming for about eight hours each day through waters in­fested with sharks and jel­ly­fish.

— AP

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