"We can't make this stuff up." That's what the Oconee County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook when it announced that units were responding to reports of a runaway llama on GA 10, a busy loop around Athens, Georgia.
As social media happily kept up with the story, deputies followed the brown-and-white creature as it took its harrowing stroll through busy traffic at the beginning of rush hour. Eventually, they were able to corral the llama near a dumpster behind a fast-food restaurant with help from workers who offered up carrots as a lure.
Fans on social media, many who had followed the llama's exploits from across the country, were eager to give the llama a home. But deputies were able to track down the llama's owner, who came to pick the wayward critter up and haul him home in a van.
"We do not know at this time whether it just wanted to go for a stroll or if it was concerned about the weather forecast this weekend and was attempting to buy bread and milk," said an amused Chief Deputy Lee Weems in a statement. "I asked, but it refused to answer questions. Perhaps this is because I don't speak Spanish nor any of the native Peruvian languages."