Cow res­cued off is­land - finds greener pas­tures

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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.

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Fri­day’s jour­ney back to greener pas­tures was a scenic trip.

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