Llamas Lead Authorities on Chase in Phoenix

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I debated going along with NPR's headline: The Great Llama Drama of 2015, but would have lost the plot. Anyway, enjoy!

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Llamas Lead Authorities on Chase in Phoenix
Posted February 26, 2015 - 12:14pm - Updated February 26, 2015 - 2:20pm

Two llamas were on the loose in Sun City, Arizona, Thursday, with TV cameras following them as law enforcement closed in.

Of course, it didn’t take long before Twitter joined in the hunt. #Llamas became a trending topic worldwide.

The chase began after a 911 call came in to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office just before noon, reporting that a black llama and a white llama had escaped from an assisted living facility, where they were about to do patient therapy work.

Lt. Brandon Jones said the llamas darted between cars, delaying traffic.

It took nearly an hour to catch them, CNN affiliate KNXV reported.

In the meantime, a string of social media users chimed in.

NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington couldn’t contain his excitement:
@JeffDarlington said:
I literally yelled at the TV in excitement as the llama escaped the lasso. This, my friends, is why football needs to be a year-round sport.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were impressed with the white llama’s dodging skills.
@TBBuccaners said:
Gotta love how well he avoids the defense #NFLDraft RT @SInow: And with the first pick in the draft, the @TBBuccaneers pick the white llama.
The Arizona Cardinals also saw a recruiting opportunity, posting that the llamas would soon be joining the football team’s lineup.
@AZCardinals said:
The #AZCardinals have agreed to one-year deals with the #llamasontheloose. Each llama will earn 2,340 lbs of hay. Steve Keim does it again.
ABC news anchor Tom Llamas said he was recusing himself from covering the story.
@TomLlamasABC said:
I am recusing myself from coverage of this story. There will be no further comment. #TeamLlamas #LlamaChase #LlamaWatch
The chase sent CNN’s Steve Brusk down memory lane.
@stevebruskCNN said:
The llama chase reminds me of story when I worked in Columbus. Wayward llama was killed by hit and run driver. We called it the llamacide.
The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng noted that it was only a matter of time before someone blamed President Barack Obama for what happened.
@swin24 said:
the world is on fire and #nobama is making stupid buzzfeed selfie stick videos and not corralling llamas #tcot
The official Twitter account of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command weighed in with an analysis of the llamas’ motives.
@NoradNorthcom said:
@julianbarnes Llama had no known connections to ISIS. Appears to have self-radicalized.
In the end, citizens helped capture the llamas, who were on the way home Thursday afternoon, Jones said.

“Needless to say, they are on their way back to the ranch,” the lieutenant said. “There was no therapy.”
Of course, there's video. Enjoy!


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Thanks Ollama

Obama refuses to call them radical llamas

All part of Obama's llamanesty
 

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Thanks Ollama

Obama refuses to call them radical llamas

All part of Obama's llamanesty
Saw this one in the comments section at NPR:

A one "l" lama is a priest,
that two "l" llama's running east,
and I will bet a pink pajama,
Rush will blame this on Obama.


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bradl

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Mashable collected some funny Tweets about the whole business

And some video/gif's as well

Twitter was abuzz for a good while
I follow a lot of sports Twitter accounts and they quickly responded
Amazed how quick pics of black and white llama were posted with recruiting profiles and offers for colleges :)
Well, you gotta admit.. those llamas were selling some good foot candy to those men trying to capture them.. both had some moves that would have had Jordan look up and say, 'dayamn!' :p

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I heard the black llama was shot and killed.

blame twitter for that joke.
 

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Llamas can be quite difficult to corral. They also have the habit (and the ability) to spit quite long distances and with an accuracy remarkable even among ungulates.