Wandering Alpacas in Hope Ranch

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Source: California Highway Patrol

It's the leader of the pack! Alpacas that is, we got a call of wandering alpacas exploring Hope Ranch.

Officer Youngblood and animal control stopped the fluffy group of animals. The animal control employee had knowledge that alpacas are pack animals. She related if you catch one the others will follow. As a team they gently placed a rope around one of the alpacas.

They started walking towards ranch properties and were contacted by the owner of the alpacas. No alapacas were hurt and everyone was happy. Great job Officer Youngblood and Santa Barbara County Animal Services.

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Eggs Ackley Apr 09, 2019 07:12 PM
Wandering Alpacas in Hope Ranch

Officer Youngblood is a champ! I see many vagrants and travelers with packs on. Could this strategy work on these stray animals as well?

GeneralTree Apr 08, 2019 01:37 PM
Wandering Alpacas in Hope Ranch

I thought the banta were a mythical creature from Star Wars - I guess I was wrong.

Bird Apr 08, 2019 07:20 AM
Wandering Alpacas in Hope Ranch

Interesting, how the subscribers' email has more info than the linked story. I learned a "fun fact" here: "California Highway Patrol and Animal Control received reports of alpacas roaming around Hope Ranch. The fluffy animals were quietly led back to their home after a responding officer informed the others alpacas are pack animals and will follow one another. Fun fact, Alpacas in a herd all use the same area as a bathroom instead of defecating in random areas like many animals do. Female alpacas tend to stand in a line and all go at once, which is not unlike human females in clubs. Fascinating. ..." Indeed! :)

a-1555942475 Apr 07, 2019 04:46 PM
Wandering Alpacas in Hope Ranch

Cool that these fluffburgers got a bit of a walkabout. Glad they're unharmed. Who left open the gate?

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