Leon County police officers found their equal in a 7-year-old llama named Scooter, after the animal escaped from his owner’s Tallahassee home. Scooter’s owner Jack Conrad wasn’t sure when the llama went missing, but checked in on the llama late Friday night and couldn’t find him.
‘We looked for him late into the night, and word eventually got out,’ Conrad told the Tallahassee Democrat.
‘About eleven o’clock, we started getting calls about a llama running through Kellearn Lakes and on Bannerman road,’ Deputy Tony Drzewiecki of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office told WCTV reporters.
‘There was some sightings, but we were never able to get out hands on it,’ Deputy Drzewiecki said.
It wasn’t until the following morning, with the aid of light, that police officers finally spotted the six-foot-tall animal.
In order to wrangle the beast, police officers shut down traffic on Bannerman Road and then proceeded to corner the six foot animal.
“Our main concern was that he was going to get hit by a car and either get hurt or injure someone else,” Drzewiecki told NBC Miami.
The llama wasn’t having any of it, and resisted the entire time officers tried to force the animal into a trailer.
Scooter even spat in Deputy Drzewiecki’s face.
‘I’ve been doing this 20 years and they said there is going to be a lot of excitement in this job, but no one ever told me I would get spit in the face by a llama and trampled by one,’ said Deputy Drzewiecki.