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Llama busts loose in Fla., subdued with taser

Published June 2, 2013 12:53 pm

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. • When Scooter the llama busted out of his penned-in yard in Tallahassee, Florida, it took three county sheriff's deputies and a taser gun to get him back in again.

Leon County Lt. Tony Drzewiecki said Sunday that the 6-foot-llama outran him and his colleagues for a while, even leaping over a 4-foot fence to avoid capture.

Drzewiecki said the llama's owner called police after he noticed Scooter missing sometime Friday night.

Authorities also received word from concerned residents. One reported a camel on the loose; another claimed to have spied an alpaca trotting by.

Authorities cornered the 300-pound fugitive Saturday morning. Drzewiecki said they used a taser gun to subdue Scooter because llamas aren't domesticated and don't respond to voice commands.