Breakout sets a-llama bells ringing in Leslie

The escaped llamas rounded up in the garden
The escaped llamas rounded up in the garden

A breakout with a difference left traffic backed up and residents in a Leslie street all a-llama-ed as they tucked into their breakfasts on Sunday morning.

For a trio of pet llamas had broken loose from their garden pen and were running amok in a residential street in Cabbage Hall, Leslie.

Startled neighbours in Glenwood Road could not believe their eyes as motorists stopped to take pictures of the escaped beasts.

But the three ‘on the run’ pets were eventually rounded up by Stacey Turnbull, who lives opposite the animal’s owner, and kept captive until help from her next door neighbour arrived.

“I could not believe what I was seeing, I had to look twice,” Stacey told the Gazette.

“I just ran out into the road to try and round them up off the street, I didn’t even realise until afterwards that I still had my pyjamas on,” she added.

Stacey’s quick-thinking rescue tactics worked a treat as she corralled the three llamas to safety in her front garden, only to find to her cost that the trio were rather hungry.

“I got then penned into my garden and a neighbour gave me some carrots to keep them happy but they just started munching on all my flowers and plants, they’ve eaten the lot,” said Stacey.

She added: “They are a lot bigger than me and I was quite scared.”

As news spread of the escape, residents came from far and wide to take snapshots of the escapees basking in their new-found celebrity.

The three llamas were later returned to their owners who had been away attending a wedding.

Asked if she’d now be getting a llama of her own, Stacey replied: “No way, I knew they ate a lot but I couldn’t afford to keep them in flowers!”

Some things we bet you didn’t know about llamas

Natives of South America, llamas have widely been used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times.

They have a lifespan of between 20 and 30 years.

Adult llamas typically grow to a height of 170 - 180 cm (to top of head).

In the wild llamas eat grass, hay, and grain, and as browsers, also like bark and twigs.

For treats they love cut up apples and carrots, though in Leslie they seem to like garden flowers!