A pregnant cow who survived Hurricane Dorian and swam 4 miles back to shore last September has given birth to its “sea” calf.
The calf, whose photo was posted Monday on Facebook by Cedar Island, North Carolina, resident Ricky Daniels, has white fur and one brown eye and one blue eye — a rare phenomenon known as heterochromia iridis that is shared by some animals.
The farming organization Ranch Solutions was hired to return the pregnant cow, Dori, back home to North Carolina’s Cedar Island, about 350 miles east of Charlotte, after she, along with two other cows, was first discovered in the Outer Banks after escaping the wrath of Dorian’s nearly eight-foot “mini tsunami.”
Dori, said Ranch Solutions, was the “difficult” of the trio — giving them the most trouble during their rescue operation back to the island.
The cows that live on Cedar Island are considered feral, and most have a unique bleached blond appearance, resident Woody Hancock told McClatchy News.
“The wild cattle that lived on Cedar Island were not used to seeing humans or having them approach them,” the state’s National Park Service said.
Many other creatures that lived on the island, including 28 wild horses, died during the storm.
Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote
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