Baby camel running loose winds up to be a llama

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A camel and a llama are both members of the  Camelidae family, but interestingly enough are very easy to tell apart. Camels have one of two humps on their backs. Such was the news from Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon as reports began to fly in about a camel on the loose. Sheriff officers, convinced it had been a slow day as to President Elect Trump’s tweets and rising developments, perhaps there was more time for the media to scramble around for news? According to the organization’s Facebook page, the initial report of an errant camel began in the afternoon:oconee-county-georgia-sheriffs-office-2

“Around 4:00PM, dispatch notified me that someone had reported ‘a baby camel running loose in Epps Bridge Road. Our deputies are not trained in South American camelid identification, but they quickly determined that the animal in question was actually a llama.”

And within moments, the brave officers were able to corral the animal although a bag of carrots helped indeed. The llama’s owner was found, and soon the family arrived with a van to take him home.

“We do not know at this time whether it just wanted to go for a stroll or if it was concerned about the weather forecast this weekend and was attempting to buy bread and milk,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook, “but I asked and it refused to answer questions. Perhaps this is because I don’t speak Spanish nor any of the native Peruvian languages.”

Actually, Chief Deputy Lee Weems, it is never a slow day for animal rescue, cruelty or neglect, but it’s always a pleasure to find compassionate and kind officers dedicated to helping all citizens – whether human or animals. The rescue community sends you their best for being heroes to those who cannot speak.

(Photos of llama courtesy of  Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office.)

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