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How To Rescue Cows, By Paradise Helicopters
If you have been seeing videos from the Kilauea volcano, chances are that they are from Paradise Helicopters--normally Paradise runs tourists around to see the sights, but Paradise had become the go-to for keeping tabs on lava flows. Because of the topography of Kapono, there was a big chunk of farmland that became an island in the lava, stranding cows, horses and goats--all too big to stuff into a pickup truck when the lava started to cover the access roads. So after some consultation, Paradise figured out how to move big animals off the lava "island". Check it out here, six minutes. (This is the same area where Rusty the Lava Rooster was.)