2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

Feb 26, 2015 5:30 PM by News Staff

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Two quick-footed therapy llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour.

The fugitive llamas were part of a trio that were making a therapy visit to elderly residents at GenCare SunCity at The Carillons. Executive Director Jill Parsons said it was the first time the facility had hosted the llamas.

The animals bolted when their handlers took them outside for a bathroom break.

Parsons declined to name the llamas' owners, saying that they were somewhat embarrassed by the whole ordeal.

Their televised breakout quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags.

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