It Takes Taser, 6 Men to Catch Fugitive Llama

Scooter the llama causes police chase after breaking out of his pen

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 2, 2013 5:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – When Scooter the llama busted out of his penned-in yard in Tallahassee, it took three county sheriff's deputies and a taser gun to get him back in again. The 6-foot-tall, 7-year-old llama outran the authorities in Tallahassee for a while, even leaping over a 4-foot fence to avoid capture, Leon County Lt. Tony Drzewiecki said today. "Scooter was running in the middle of the road, so he was going to cause an accident eventually," Drzewiecki said.

Scooter's owner, Jack Conrad, discovered him missing sometime Friday night and searched for him until the early morning hours of Saturday, Drzewiecki said. Authorities also heard from concerned residents. One reported a camel on the loose; another claimed to have spied an alpaca trotting by. Police cornered the furry fugitive yesterday morning. After putting a lasso around its neck, it took six deputies to place the roughly 300-pound Scooter into a trailer. Drzewiecki said they used a taser gun to subdue the animal because llamas don't respond to voice commands.

Leon County officials working to corner Scooter, a 7-year-old llama that was on the loose in Tallahassee, Florida.   ((AP Photo/Leon County Sheriff's Office))
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