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Oregon State Trooper Helps Llamas Loose on the Highway

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Some roadside scenarios are more unusual than others. Case in point: the Oregon State Police recently got a call about an incident involving a pickup truck and three misplaced llamas.

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Momentary mayhem

Trooper Levi Macy was the official that responded to the call for help, as Autoblog’s James Riswick reports. There was a stranded llama in the middle of the road on the I-84 onramp at milepost 304 eastbound.

The owner of a 1500 Dodge short bed pickup had been transporting three llamas from Washington to Utah, according to Macy’s status via the OSP Facebook page. The animals were riding in the truck bed, secured with a homemade stock rack.

When the truck took a steep uphill turn, one of the llamas got stranded on the road. The owner drove about a mile before realizing he was one llama short. That’s when he called the OSP for assistance.

Trooper Macy soon arrived on the scene, where the owner gave him a rope to handle the female llama that had escaped and was lying in the middle of the road. In characteristic llama stubbornness, she wouldn’t budge. So, the trooper tethered her to his car’s bullbar while the owner chased down the other two llamas that had also managed to escape the truck bed.

A happy ending

The incident had a happy resolution, as Macy shared. He and the owner retrieved and secured all three animals back in the truck (no prob-llama). And the female one was given some medication to help calm her for the rest of the journey.

Per Riswick, the driver received a warning for violating ORS 818.300, which involved operating a vehicle with a shifting or leaking load. But, all things considered, this story had a positive outcome thanks to Trooper Macy and the llama owner’s efforts. And Macy now boasts the honorary title of “Llama Wrangler” to add to his achievements.

For more weird roadside incidents, check out this Nutella-themed story. And read about a slimy collision in Oregon that involved hagfish.

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