Police in Eagan were kept busy Wednesday morning, responding to multiple crashes on icy roads – and catching two runaway llamas.
In a Twitter post, the police department said two llamas were "in custody" after being captured on Skyline Drive in Eagan.
The tweet features a photo (above) of an officer smiling as he keeps the naughty llamas close on a blue leash. The beige llama even looks like it's posing for the photo, while the brown one buries its head in a food dish.
Officer Aaron Machtemes told GoMN someone saw them roaming the streets and notified police. Officers went looking for the four-legged fugitives and found them hanging out in another resident's front yard.
Police in other cities saw the post and wanted to help.
But Eagan police had no trouble catching the runaways. Machtemes said the llamas were friendly, and officers easily approached them without a chase. They were returned to the owner, who lives a couple blocks from where the animals were found.
This actually isn't the first time the pair has escaped. Machtemes said one time officers helped track the llamas down after they got out in the middle of the night – Shawshank Redemption style. Both times, officers suspect the llamas pried open the gate somehow.
The officer did not know either of the llamas' names, but we hope one of them is Tina.
Sadly, this latest jail break could be their last. Eagan residents are not supposed to have llamas. Machtemes said the owner has agreed to relocate the llamas to a different family farm in another city.