Llamas apparently were released and are on the loose in Vancouver, Washington, according to preliminary reports. It’s the second time on Thursday that llamas were released in a North American city.
— FOX 12 Oregon KPTV (@fox12oregon) February 27, 2015
In Phoenix, llamas were spotted running through Phoenix, and they were eventually captured. Here’s some of the footage earlier of the llamas running through Sun City, near Phoenix:
Who is releasing llamas all over the continent and how did they get from Arizona to Vancouver that fast
— Tom (@Tomlikesmtndw) February 27, 2015
AAAAGH the Vancouver llamas were caught already. Much more anticlimactic.
— Ben (@BFSEsq) February 27, 2015
Llamas in Vancouver, WA!
— Daniel Barbier (@Raidger4) February 27, 2015
Looks like chopper won’t arrive in time. If you witness the llamas in Vancouver — tweet us ASAP! #Llamapalooza
— Shepard Smith (@ShepNewsTeam) February 27, 2015
In Arizona, a large, white llama and a smaller black llama darted through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their tracks because of the wayward livestock.
The fugitive llamas were part of a trio that were making a therapy visit to residents at a senior assisted living facility.
Their televised breakout from GenCare SunCity at The Carillons quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags including #LlamasonTheLoose, #llamadrama and #TEAMLLAMAS.
Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Arizona Cardinals got in on the fun. McCain tweeted that he was “glad that #LlamaDrama 2015 has been peacefully resolved!” The Cardinals tweeted that team “agreed to one-year deals with the #llamasontheloose,” promising the animals a salary in hay.
Even the North American Aerospace Defense Command tweeted: “Llama had no known connections to ISIS. Appears to have self-radicalized.”
The llama saga also made actor Lorenzo Lamas a trending topic. Some on Twitter joked that they heard the actor was on the loose in Arizona.
The senior center’s executive director, Jill Parsons, said it was the first time the facility had hosted the llamas.
For more than an hour, residents petted them and walked them up and down the halls, Parsons said. Sometime after 11 a.m., the animals’ handlers took them outside for a bathroom break. That’s when one got startled and took off, with the second llama in pursuit.
Parsons said staff and some residents went outside to try and help corral the animals. Even the facility’s chef tried to help by waving some lettuce.
“He Googled ‘What do llamas like to eat’ and it brought up romaine lettuce,” Parsons said.
Because there weren’t enough people to encircle the llamas, the handlers instructed everyone to slowly walk toward them with their arms out.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.