Llama drama on German highway

2010-07-14 15:15

Berlin - A love-shy llama called Luisa sparked chaos as she leapt over a fence onto a motorway to escape the amorous advances of a male llama, forcing police to close the road, authorities said on Wednesday.

Police in Gifhorn, around 250km west of Berlin, received several calls from stunned motorists as Luisa bolted down the B4 motorway in the direction of the nearby city of Braunschweig.

"We sent three police cars with six officers," police spokesperson Thomas Reuter told AFP.

After closing the road, police managed to corner Luisa and move her to safety in a nearby wood. Her 45-year-old owner had meanwhile heard about the drama on the radio and rushed to the area.

Between them, they managed to lasso Luisa and take her into police custody. "She was not aggressive, just shy and a bit scared," said Reuter.

She returned to her paddock after her exciting excursion and she was "greeted with joy by her five llama colleagues and several donkeys," police said.

Luisa's bid for freedom was the latest in a slew of animal escape attempts that have hit the news in Germany.

In the last fortnight, police have been called to two separate incidents involving runaway crocodiles.