“They were presumed dead until they were spotted at the Cape Lookout National Seashore park on the Outer Banks.

“Plans are now under way to send them back home.

“Park officials say they believe the three stranded cows swam up to five miles (8km) to make it to the Outer Banks barrier islands.”

A BG Horvat spokesman told the McClatchy news group “that park staff spotted the first cow on the North Core barrier island about a month after the storm, while the two others were discovered in the past two weeks”.

“Mr Horvat said the animals were lucky not to have drifted into the Atlantic, which happened to some wild horses.”

They “certainly have a gripping story to share”, he added.

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in early September as a Category One storm, lashing the state with heavy rains, winds and flooding.

Dozens of people were killed in the Bahamas – countless others were reported missing, after they were washed out to sea during the catastrophic storm.