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Mama llama drama: Oregon trooper helps wrangle llama sitting on highway on-ramp

Momma Llama on I-84 (Courtesy Oregon State Police.).jpg
(Photo: Oregon State Police)

BAKER CITY, Ore. (KATU) — A mama llama is safe thanks to the help of an Oregon State Police trooper.

Trooper Macy says she was on I-84 eastbound near milepost 304, near Baker City, when she saw a llama laying on the on-ramp. Thankfully, the trooper said traffic in the area was minimal at the time.

According to Oregon State Police, the owner was taking three llamas from Washington to Utah in the bed of a Dodge shortbed pickup. The truck had a homemade stock rack that didn’t quite hold the three animals well enough, and one llama escaped.

The owner got about a mile down the road before he realized his mama llama was missing.

Troopers said when the owner stopped his truck, the other two llamas bailed out, running free on the interstate.

The owner ran back and gave the trooper a rope to make sure the llama that was on the on-ramp didn’t run away while he went to get the other two.

Trooper Macy said that the mama llama refused to get up, so she let the llama sit while the owner got the two other llamas reloaded in the truck.

Oregon State Police said, “In the end, mama llama was reloaded into the truck and provided some medication to ease her mama llama trauma and also reunited with the rest of her travel companions.”

The driver was issued a warning for “operating with a leaking or shifting load.”