Llamas’ owners may not be following licensing requirements

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Sun City, AZ (KTVK) — The owners of the two llamas that ran wild through Sun City last month may not be following federal requirements. The Department of Agriculture said the owners must be licensed to exhibit the llamas and allow anyone to take their photos. The owners said they’ve had to cancel three llama events so far.

On Feb. 26, two llamas were captured after leading police and others on a wild chase through Sun City neighborhoods.

The animals were part of a show-and-tell presentation at the Carillons GenCare Lifestyle facility in Sun City. Personnel at the care home said the presentation included two llamas, sisters, who made a break for it while they were being loaded into their trailer. News helicopter footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets.

The wayward animals brought cars and golf carts to a stop. The animals galloped along the sidewalk, through manicured yards and along street medians.

During the chase, motorists and police tried repeatedly to box the animals in with their vehicles to no avail. Their televised break-out quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags including, #LlamasonTheLoose.

The llamas thwarted numerous attempts by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies and bystanders to round them up before one of the llamas, named Lainey, was caught in the 10000 block of Thunderbird Boulevard near Lakeview Recreation Center about 1:30 p.m., and the other was captured not long after near 103rd Avenue.

Stephanie Schmidt, community relations coordinator for the Carillons, said their main goal was to keep the llamas away from Grand Avenue and the railroad tracks.

No one was injured.

The runaway llamas, while scared, tired and dehydrated, were otherwise in good condition.

By Phil Benson and Tami Hoey