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Llamas on the loose: It’s happened in Florida, too

In this screengrab taken from a TV newscast, two runaway llamas make a break for freedom in the streets of Arizona.
In this screengrab taken from a TV newscast, two runaway llamas make a break for freedom in the streets of Arizona. WSBTV-Atlanta

Before Thursday's brief run for freedom by a pair of llamas — let’s call them Dolly and Lorenzo Llama — in Arizona, there was a famous Florida caper in the summer of 2013. That’s when a Leon County sheriff had to use his Taser to subdue Scooter, a 7-year-old llama.

That day Scooter, who stood a towering six feet tall, broke free from his pen in a yard in Tallahassee. USA Today reported back then that it took three sheriff's deputies to gain control of the situation.

Leon County Lt. Tony Drzewiecki said that Scooter had to be caught because he "was running in the middle of the road, so he was going to cause an accident eventually."

It was a wild week for wild animals in Florida. A few days earlier in Tampa cops and zookeepers spent 10 hours chasing a kangaroo before using tranquilizer darts to slow him down.

Law enforcement was alerted to Scooter when his owner reported him missing. Nearby residents also grew concerned — though many of their concerns were a little off the mark. One person reported a camel was on the loose, while another called in to say an alpaca had just trotted by her home.

The plight of Arizona llamas drove social media through the roof Thursday afternoon. Pictures were created of the llamas driving a convertible to freedom. Their names: Thellma and Llouise.

Someone else posted a picture of suspended news anchor Brian Williams, with this caption: "So there I was, chasing some llamas."

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