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NZ Bull survives after being swept 80km down a river and waterfall

The 18-month-old Hereford bull was swept away due to the extreme rain and flooding in the West Coast.
26 August 2022 7:12PM

Believe it or not, this story isn't bullshit.

An NZ bull survived after being swept through a river and down a waterfall on an 80km adventure earlier this month.

The 18-month-old Hereford bull was swept away due to the extreme rain and flooding in the West Coast, and found himself in the Maruia River, before going over the 10-meter-high Maruia Falls (holy sh*t), into the Buller River, under O’Sullivan’s Bridge and nearly out to sea, Stuff reports.

Helluva journey for anyone, let alone a bull.

The bull's owner, Tony Peacock, unfortunately lost two other bulls in the flood, while his neighbour lost 74 cows, and many more farmers were affected by the extreme weather. 

About a week later, Peacock got a call telling him that his bull had been found by a farmer in Westport, about 80kms from Peacock's farm. 

“I rang [the farmer who found the bull] and he said he was getting his cows in in the morning when he heard a bit of rustling in the blackberry and a Hereford bull poked his head out,” Peacock said.

What an absolute legend of a bull.