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PHOTOS: Fugitive llamas apprehended after pursuit in Arizona

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Llamas on the run in Sun City, Arizona on Thursday. Llamas on the run in Sun City, Arizona on Thursday.
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I'm going to try and write this article avoiding the cliche catchphrase headlines of "Llamas on the Loose" or "Llama Drama". I'm not even going to mention them. So don't expect that. You won't get that here. You will however learn about how some llamas managed to escape captivity, and some tips on what you can do, should you ever find yourself in the same situation. 

Ok, now that that is out of the way. We can move forward. There was no llama drama when some llamas were on the loose Thursday in a Phoenix suburb. Dang it! 

It wasn't exactly the OJ Simpson white Ford Bronco freeway chase of 1994, but for a brief moment on Thursday, the country was captivated by aerial footage of a low speed chase in Sun City, Arizona. 

While visiting elderly residents for some llama therapy Thursday morning, two llamas escaped their handlers during a bathroom break and took police, animal control officers, and even good samaritans on a chase throughout the city. Initially the llamas were sprinting through seats, giving their chasers all they could handle, but eventually, they either got tired or cocky enough to slow down. this turned out to be a mistake, as the smaller black llama was quickly snagged up, followed by the white llama a few moments later after one last ditch effort to elude authorities. 

It was quite comical to watch unfold in the newsroom of KHQ. Apparently those authorities know nothing of catching llamas. Should you ever find yourself in the same situation, here are some tips to catching a llama:

1.) Always degrade the animal by calling it a name in a firm, angry voice. Llamas are very self-conscious about their weight. Calling it a "fat lard" will shame the animal into depression, thereby rendering them unable to run away. 

2.) It is always respectful however to call a llama by its first name. They appreciate this. Most llamas have common people names, like "Tina". If you know the name of the llama you're chasing, calling it by its first name, again in a firm, angry voice will show the llama that you respect it. 

3.) Present food to the llama. Llamas love two things and two things only: Ham and casseroles (preferably a creamy one like a green bean or tater-tot casserole). 

So using what we know, if you were to encounter a llama on the run, saying a phrase like, "Tina, you fat lard, come get some food!" or "Tina, come get some ham!" if you don't feel comfortable calling the animal a "fat lard" will most likely get the animal to become compliant and submissive. 

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