Swimming Cow Saves Farmer

A farmer's wife who was swept away by floods in New Zealand yesterday had her life saved by a cow.

Kim Riley praised the animal - known only as Number 569 - and described it as "an ugly old tart".

The area around Mrs Riley's farm at Woodville, near Palmerston North, has been lashed by severe storms that have claimed two lives, washed away wooden houses and forced the evacuation of hundreds of North Island homes.

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Compassion and living kindness are the hallmarks of achievement and happiness.

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