Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.
Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their tracks because of the wayward livestock.
The animals galloped along the sidewalk, through manicured yards and along street medians. The streets looked more like a rodeo arena as several people tried to lasso both llamas.
Their televised breakout inspired plenty of Twitter action as well as several hashtags including #LlamasonTheLoose, #llamadrama and #TEAMLLAMAS.
The llamas thwarted numerous attempts by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies and bystanders to round them up before they were roped into custody.
The black llama was captured first. The white one was nabbed after two men in the back of a moving pickup truck repeatedly threw out a lasso. It took three men in all to secure the rope. Both animals were escorted to a waiting horse trailer.
It was unknown if the llamas were anyone's pets.
The entire ordeal lasted about an hour, and it inspired a couple of tweets from Bay Area sports teams:
Hey @Suns, control your llamas!— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) February 26, 2015