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Llama On The Lam: Mass. State Trooper Lassoes Loose Llama

Trooper Kyle Minnicucci walks the lassoed llama. (Courtesy of Massachusetts State Police)
Trooper Kyle Minnicucci walks the lassoed llama. (Courtesy of Massachusetts State Police)
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Massachusetts State Police are praising the cowboy skills of one their troopers after he lassoed a llama that was loose on a state highway and led it to safety.

Police say Troopers Matthew Kane and Kyle Minnicucci were called after a llama was spotted on a state roadway Thursday in Russell, in western Massachusetts.

Fearing for the animal's safety, Kane grabbed a rope from his cruiser, fashioned it into a lasso and slung it around the llama's neck. Kane and Minnicucci guided the animal off the road to ensure it wouldn't be hit by passing vehicles.

The troopers were not able to determine where the llama came from, but the owner of a nearby horse farm offered to keep the animal until its owner is found.

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