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Escaped Llama Adventure Prompts Nationally Televised Chase

Posted March 04, 2015 in A Vet's Life

Before the yellow and white (or is it black and blue?) dress captured our collective curiosity, two renegade llamas became runaway Internet sensations last week. If you happened to be trapped under a rock, you’re probably wondering how two cute camelids can become overnight celebrities. Were they on a reality show? How did they pull a Kardashian?

Well, it all began last Thursday when the llamas were brought to an assisted-living facility in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. The llamas were brought to the retirement community as a form of therapy for the residents, according to abcnews. Unfortunately, the door of the trailer transporting them opened and spooked the animals. Although there were three llamas in the trailer, only the two bolder animals escaped: a black llama, and white llama.

For the ensuing hour, the two renegade llamas evaded the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and were televised by CNN and 12News dodging traffic, escaping lassoes and running the posse in circles.

Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long for the runaway llamas to launch a Twitter account (SunCityLlamas@SunCityLlamas), reports 12News. The llamas found their fifteen minutes of fame when they were immortalized in the Twitter universe. A slew of memes were created under #llamadrama.

Of course, all good things must come to an end. Two onlookers did what the posse couldn’t and are shown lassoing the black llama on CNN.com. Fifteen minutes later, an onlooker on the back of a pick-up truck, driving alongside the white llama, finally lassoed the fugitive. That’s how the llama drama came to an end. The animals were safely returned to their handler and no animals got hurt.

So what will be the next animal story to go viral? You can never guess.

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Ruth has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a companion animal veterinarian in private practice. Along with being a writer and media personality, she is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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