Pack of al­pacas rounded up by the long arm of the law

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY GABBY FERREIRA

A pack of al­pacas were on the lam in Santa Bar­bara — but found their way back to their owner with the help of the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol and Santa Bar­bara County Animal Ser­vices.

The fluffy llama looka­likes were tak­ing a Sun­day stroll around Hope Ranch in Santa Bar­bara when a CHP of­fi­cer and an em­ployee from Animal Ser­vices caught up with them, ac­cord­ing to a Face­book post from the CHP’s Santa Bar­bara of­fice.

The CHP went to the area af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call about al­pacas wan­der­ing around the area, ac­cord­ing to the post.

Al­pacas are pack animals, so all the team needed to do was catch one and the oth­ers would fol­low, the CHP said.

The team put a rope around one of the al­pacas and, sure enough, the other two came along, the CHP said. The al­pacas were then re­united with their owner.

“No al­pacas were hurt and ev­ery­one was happy,” the CHP said.

The al­pacas aren’t the only animals to re­cently go for an il­licit stroll on the Cen­tral Coast.

In March, a loose dog run­ning on High­way 101 caused a traf­fic jam in San Luis Obispo.

CHP SANTA BAR­BARA

A CHP of­fi­cer leads a pack of al­pacas that were on the loose in the Hope Ranch area of Santa Bar­bara on Sun­day. The animals were rounded up by the CHP and Santa Bar­bara County Animal Ser­vices.

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