Firefighters Rescue Llama

Animal trapped in neck-deep pond

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 5:23 PM CDT
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Firefighters Rescue Llama

Leeanna Kramar

In a strange turn of events, this llama rescued a dog from a tub of water. Not really.

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by Bruce Felps

Poor llama. Just out minding its own business, trying to keep cool by submersing itself in neck-deep water, and along come a bunch of firefighters who want to drag it to dry land.

Well, that’s mostly accurate, according to an Associated Press article, except for the part about it just chilling in the water.

In fact, the 250-pound llama was stuck in the muck for at least a day and couldn’t extricate itself from the muddy bottom. It could well have died from exposure had the Red Springs volunteer firefighters and some employees of nearby Caldwell Zoo not rescued it, and good for them.

The weakened beast was taken to a veterinarian’s clinic in unknown condition, so say a little llama prayer.

Fire department Lt. Charles Wilson said in the article that this was the first llama he’s rescued in 42 years in the business. Horses and cows, sure, but never a llama. Still, it’s always a good thing to expand one’s skill-set.

Even with this one under his belt, though, there’s probably not much of a market just begging for Red Springs Llama Rescue Inc.

Just one grateful llama.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He just loves [sniff] a happy ending.
 

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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