Cow rescued off island - finds greener pastures
A lonely cow moo-rooned on her own private island has been ferried back to greener pastures.
Friday the cow managed to make her way to the deserted Karamuramu Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, after being swept down the Wairoa River in south east Auckland during the ‘‘Tasman Tempest’’ storm which battered the North Island.
Since then the black cow has become ‘‘part of the furniture’’ waiting on the shore for her 7am breakfast of hay and standing on high points on the island to watch the men work.
But on Friday a team of people came together to quietly coax the cow on to a barge that arrived to ferry her back to firmer ground.
‘‘We were able to load her at the beach on to the barge and transport her back to Kawakawa Bay,’’ Ministry of Primary Industries north region animal welfare manager Brendon Mikkelsen said.
‘‘We enticed her on, she went on there OK, we were a little bit concerned about that, but she was OK.’’
After Friday clomped off the barge at the Kawakawa Bay boat ramp, she was shepherded into a nearby paddock and is now being looked after by a local farmer.
Friday’s journey back to greener pastures was a scenic trip.