Heartfelt poem for quake island cows

The image of the family of cows stranded on 'quake island' has gone around the world: two Hereford cows and a calf stranded on a tiny piece of pasture thrust two-and-a-half metres above the ground.

Their plight - and rescue - inspired a farmer's daughter from Woodville to capture their adventure in a poem, which she sent to Newshub. The touching poem is below.

It started out, just like any old day

Just munching on grass, and munching on hay

Us three bovines happy as, for all to see

But life as we knew it, wasn't going to be…

While settled down, for a blissful night

We three bovines awoke, with a fright

The ground below us, started to shake

Oh noooooooo, that's got to be an earthquake…

Our lovely cosy bed, started to slide

And we three bovines, had nowhere to hide

Suddenly scarily, the ground began to recede

We were left, with no water and nary a weed…

By the light of the dawn, all could see our plight

What had happened to us, during the night

Our plaintive pleas, went out far and wide

While we waited, for the jolts and the shakes to subside…

The rescue team, came to the fore

For us three bovines, they couldn't have done more

They dug and they dug, and got us all out

A successful mission, without a doubt…

Once we were saved, we three bovines were all full of glee

For us were paddocks and grass, as far as the eye could see

So thanks to you all, you just made our day

We're munching on grass, and munching on hay, once again.

Anon