(BIVN) – Farm animals stranded on lava locked lands were recently airlifted out of isolation during a unique rescue operation.
Axel Kratel of “Kapoho Farm Animals Lava Rescue,” organized the evacuation of animals trapped by the Kilauea eruption. Kratel enlisted the help of Jake Muise, owner of Kia Hawaii and Calvin Dorn, Owner/CEO of Paradise Helicopters, who all donated their skills in order to lift the animals to safety.
Four cows and two sheep were saved on the day this video was recorded for Hot Seat Hawaii, and more rescue missions are planned.
“At this point, the only way in or out is via helicopter,” reads the Kapoho Farm Animals Lava Rescue GoFundMe page, which to date has raised $6,765 of $10,000 goal. “This campaign is to raise the funds to purchase the harnesses required to airlift cows and other farm animals out of the area and to fly in a specialized technical rescue team. We have travel expenses, insurance and material costs.”