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Lamb owes quake survival to geologist

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/11/2016

A lamb has been rescued after it was stranded for days in a fissure that opened up on a Waiau farm following this month's massive quake.

The small animal had spent five days trapped in a crack opened by a ruptured fault line, according to a tweet by environmental and engineering firm Tonkin + Taylor.

The company said its geologist Richard Phillips rescued the lamb in what was "an epic survival story".

It is not the only dramatic rescue in the wake of the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura quake after three cows stranded on a small island of land also famously lived to see another day.

The cows became internet stars after helicopter footage showed them huddled on an elevated patch of grass after the ground surrounding them collapsed.

People around the world tracked efforts to rescue them before a team, including the cows' owner, managed to dig a path for their escape.

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