BAKER CITY, Ore. — A mama llama created some drama on an Oregon interstate Sunday. Fortunately, Oregon State troopers prevented further trauma.
Trooper Levi Macy was monitoring traffic on Interstate 84 near Baker City around 7:20 a.m. when she received a call about a stubborn llama refusing to leave the highway, The Oregonian reported.
“I got there and sure enough a displeased mama llama was laying on the on-ramp,” Macy said, via a post on the state police’s Facebook account.
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According to Macy, the llama fell from a Dodge short-bed pickup truck that was hauling three llamas from Washington to Utah, KATU reported. The pickup had a homemade stock rack that did not hold the animals properly as its driver navigated an “uphill corner,” Macy wrote.
Macy said the truck was traveling at a low speed and there was minimal traffic on eastbound I-84. But when the driver realized he was missing a llama, he stopped his truck and the other two animals scrambled out.
One annoyed llama squatted on the interstate staring ahead, while two others galloped down the interstate, KPTV reported.
“The owner ran back and gave me the rope to hook to mama llama’s harness,” Macy wrote on Facebook. “Mama llama refused to get up as you could see by her displeased facial expression … so I told (the driver) that I would llama sit, while he wrangled up the others.”
Macy snapped a photograph of the disgruntled llama, which was shared on social media, The Oregonian reported.
The driver of the pickup rounded up the two wayward llamas. The third irate animal was given some medication to “ease her mama llama trauma,” Macy wrote. The driver of the pickup, meanwhile, was issued a warning for “operating with a leaking or shifting load.”
“Every day is unique,” the state police wrote on its Facebook account.
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