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Llamas Lead Authorities On Chase Through Arizona Streets, Capture America's Heart

Llamas for life. They've been rounded up, but their legend lives on.

Last updated on February 26, 2015, at 5:53 p.m. ET

Posted on February 26, 2015, at 3:19 p.m. ET

Two llamas on the lam captured hearts and minds across the U.S. as they led a sheriff's posse on a chase through the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

The llamas ran free in a roughly 20-minute chase that soon gained them fans across the country.

Local news station ABC 15 covered it live from the air.

The llamas tore through yards and shut down highways as the hapless Maricopa County Sheriff's Office posse trying to corral them looked on.

Authorities tried to lasso the llamas multiple times, but the adorable escapees consistently broke free.

After becoming separated, the black llama was lassoed by a man. Its friend trotted on without its fallen comrade.

One llama has been caught, one still on the loose — Watch Live

Eventually, the white llama also got lassoed.

Its captors raised their hats in the air in a victory celebration.


Lt. Brandon Jones of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said that the llamas were participating in animal therapy at an assisted living facility when they escaped, reported.

Authorities believe the llamas got spooked when the door to the trailer they had arrived in opened. They said there was a third llama in the trailer, but it did not escape.

Sheriff's officials tried to corral the llamas, but were unsuccessful.

They were eventually lassoed by onlookers.

"If it weren't for (their help) we wouldn't have been able to catch them," Jones told

They may be captured, but their spirit will live on forever.

Watch the whole video of the llama chase here.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.