Llama on the lam

A llama went on the lam in Castlegar Tuesday morning.

Castlegar residents help corral a lost llama near the airport.

Castlegar residents help corral a lost llama near the airport.

Forgive Castlegar Fire Chief Jerry Rempel if he did a double take this morning when he found out there was a llama running around Castlegar.

“I didn’t think when I got up this morning that I’d be chasing a llama around town,” he said. “That’s the beauty of this job. You never know what’s going to be happening.”

The llama took the fire department, police, members of the media, and several residents on quite a chase through Castlegar from near Safeway to the community centre and out to the airport.

“He’s back home safe now (in Ootischenia),” said Rempel. “We chased him around town and eventually were able to pen him in at the airport with the help of Rick Smith, the animal control officer, and the owners.”