Hurricane Dorian split in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on September 6, crippling the state with heavy rain, wind and flooding after it made outer banks, a narrow island chain off the island's main shore.
Rising floods swept the country, and storms blew away a group of horses and cows at sea. To the surprise of residents and officials at the national park, three of these cows were recently discovered in the Cape Pryut National Park offshore banks.
The cattle are believed to have arrived in the federal park, swimming at least two miles through the Basic Sound of Cedar Island, according to park spokesman B.G. Horvat. He said the cattle debt holder, Woody Hancock, had identified them as being from Cedar Island.
"It's a great story of how they did it," Horvat said Wednesday of the park, which has 56 miles of beaches and is known for its black-and-white checkered lighthouse, surf fishing and wild horses. "If cows could talk, imagine the story they can tell you to withstand that rush of water," he added. "It must be incredible."
The cows were part of a group of domestic cattle grazing on about 1,000 hectares of private land on Cedar Island, where they are being cared for by Mr Hancock and others, according to Charlotte Observer, who reported the reappearance of the three cows.
Mr Horvath said the island's cows and horses had been taken by a water rush of about nine meters.
Mr Horvath said park staff found the first cow on September 7, the day after the hurricane. Two more cows, both annuals, were found three weeks later. The cows seem to have a connection, he said.
“Ever since they found each other, they've been hanging out, "he said. "They just graze on the island of North Korea."
Mr Horvath said park officials had hoped to find him the owner of the cows. Once contacted, the owner will have 30 days to develop a plan for moving the cows.
He said possible scenarios for removing cattle from the park could include sitting on them to throw them back on Cedar Island or transporting them by trailer.
"If the park needs to help round the cows, we will help them do that," Mr Horvat said.
Nena Hancock, who owns and manages a herd of horses on Cedar Island with her husband Woody, has lost 28 horses in the storm. She said they would help relocate the cows to their home.
"Let's be more than happy," she said in an interview Wednesday. "We would be ready to help when that decision is made."