Footloose Llama Safe After Odyssey in Rockies

'Homer' spent about a month on the lam
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2009 4:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – A llama who went on the lam in the Rocky Mountains is safe and sound after a month on his own. Christened "Homer" by a volunteer rescuer "because of his little odyssey," the 6-month-old has frostbitten ears but is otherwise in decent shape. Theories about the animal's provenance abounded during its weeks on Pikes Peak, during which it tried and failed to befriend a herd of bighorn sheep. "It’s a baby raised on somebody’s farm or back yard," a llama expert told the Colorado Springs Gazette.

With winter looming and the llama community's concerns about predators mounting, a party determined to capture the llama set out on Friday and had little trouble luring the animal. "He was just being a baby and running around down there and thinking about coming to see us," said his rescuer. "I am so happy. I am going to do an e-mail blast and tell everyone, ‘We got him!'"