In early September, dozens of animals were swept out to sea in North Carolina during, which hit the state as a . Now, have been found nearby, and officials believe they swam to safety following the major storm.
Cape Lookout National Seashore officials told the Charlotte Observer about 20 cows and 28 wild horses were among the wildlife that were killed during the hurricane. However, three cows have recently been found roaming the national park, shocking officials and locals.
Officials believe the cows swam several miles across the Core Sound from Cedar Island during the storm. The trio is now "grazing peacefully together on federal grass," Cape Lookout spokesman B. G. Horvat told McClatchy news group.
Horvat said the group was incredibly lucky. If they had to go any further, the would have likely drifted into the Atlantic, he said.
"I'll say it's about 4 miles across Core Sound," Horvat said. "Remember, the cows and all the horses were swept away with the water surging back. Who knows exactly, but the cows certainly have a gripping story to share."
The cows, who have been nicknamed "sea cows," belonged to a herd of about 20 that roam freely on about 1,000 acres of privately owned land on Cedar Island, according to The Charlotte Observer. However, officials believe many of the cows died in the storm.
Officials want to return the cows to their home. Horvat said they will likely have to be sedated before making the trip back by boat.
The cows aren't the only animals to miraculously appear after the deadly storm. In early October,that had survived underneath rubble for about a month.