Two llamas gave authorities in Sun City, Ariz., quite the chase on Thursday afternoon, delighting a global audience of people stuck at work with nothing better to do.
As the llamas escaped local law enforcement officers time and again, a live stream from ABC 15 became a treasured resource for untold numbers of llama-watchers. Every time the llamas escaped officers’ clutches, the people cheered.
not a single person is working right now— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) February 26, 2015
This actually a really good chase!— Brett Rosner (@Brosner85) February 26, 2015
me and bae pic.twitter.com/V5GAClluK2— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) February 26, 2015
The best part of this whole llama thing is it illustrates the incompetency of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Dept.— Selena (@selenalarson) February 26, 2015
Llamas still on the llam. pic.twitter.com/sOWDqJTz1k— Cooper Fleishman (@_Cooper) February 26, 2015
Just when you think you’ve got them.— Selena (@selenalarson) February 26, 2015
“Nah, we’re cool” http://t.co/bBo9OUZU37
Look at that juke! pic.twitter.com/kaFy5SSVZg— Brett Rosner (@Brosner85) February 26, 2015
“Can I live?” pic.twitter.com/jO52QkVprc— Selena (@selenalarson) February 26, 2015
IT GOT AWAY HAHAHAHA— Selena (@selenalarson) February 26, 2015
Of course, people tied this story to the biggest news of the day: the FCC’s net neutrality vote.
Would there be llamas running loose in Arizona if the FCC hadn't banned fast lanes? https://t.co/1mBY6g5m8z— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) February 26, 2015
ABC 15 eventually realized that it had gold on its hands and tried to capitalize on all the attention to its site.
But darth was ready for them.
Eventually, authorities nabbed one of the two escapees, but his friend (parent? sibling? lover?) remained on the loose.
The Last Llama Standing pic.twitter.com/5wUfaEsQ4x— Selena (@selenalarson) February 26, 2015
The white llama was caught shortly afterward. The Internet was not happy.
It just got llassoed. pic.twitter.com/meL9RKp1v8— Evan Weiss (@eaweiss) February 26, 2015
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— Benjamin Armbruster (@benjaminja) February 26, 2015
Meanwhile, the Arizona district’s representative in Congress knew just how to please his constituents.
Rep. Franks who represents the Arizona city with the llamas on the lose: "I'm sure they're Democrats. They look like Democrats."— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) February 26, 2015
The llamas may be in custody, but they’ll always be free on Twitter.
Screengrab via ABC 15 Live