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Loose llama or alpaca found running on California highway

Police in California said they ended up in an unusual chase when a loose llama or alpaca was spotted running on the highway.

The California Highway Patrol’s Sonora station said troopers responded Monday to a report of a loose animal on Highway 49 in Tuolumne County.

The CHP said in a Facebook post that officials aren’t sure if the animal is a llama or an alpaca.

“Luckily, a local resident with knowledge of these animals was able to assist us by corralling it into a fenced area and prevent it from getting hit by a vehicle on the highway,” the post said.

The animal is being cared for by Tuolumne County Animal Control while officials attempt to identify its owner.