Keep New Times Free

Llama on the Loose in Florida Is Tasered and Captured

A llama was out on the loose and running amok through the streets of Tallahassee over the weekend, as llamas are wont to do when they bust of their pens.

This particular llama, named Scooter, was quite the menace, outrunning cops and authorities, hopping over fences, and being quite the slippery llama.

Scooter eventually had to be taken down with a Taser.

Scooter The Llama is a 7-year-old llama, and stands at about 6-feet. He had escaped from his pen sometime Friday night.

His owner, Jack Conrad, searched for Scooter all throughout the morning on Saturday with no luck.

Leon County Lt. Tony Drzewiecki said the concern was that Scooter might scamper out into a road and cause an accident, what with people freaking out over a llama running into the road seemingly out of nowhere.

Police even had residents calling in reports of a camel and an alpaca on the loose, which Scooter probably didn't appreciate. "I'm a llama, goddammit!" Scooter probably thought to himself.

Cops eventually found Scooter on Saturday and were able to get a lasso around his neck. But it took six officers to get him into a trailer. Scooter was not going down without a fight, because screw THE MAN!

Llamas apparently don't respond to voice commands. They also spit at people when they feel threatened.

Llamas are kind of assholes, really.

When they couldn't get him to cooperate, cops decided to Taser Scooter, and finally got him into the trailer and back to Conrad, who will not be cited for the incident.

Llamas are considered a domestic species and do not require a permit. Like a giant dog with a really long neck that spits at people.

Conrad has, however, agreed to make his fence more secure so that Scooter, and his other two llamas, think twice about trying to make a break for it.

Follow Chris Joseph on Twitter

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.