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1 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jun 2, 2013 2:24:26pm

Could have been worse—could’ve been Sanford.

2 Charles Johnson  Sun, Jun 2, 2013 2:26:38pm

Hat tip jaunte!

3 jaunte  Sun, Jun 2, 2013 2:34:00pm
Drzewiecki said they used a taser gun to subdue the animal because llamas don’t respond to voice commands.

“Bad llama! Sit!

4 CuriousLurker  Sun, Jun 2, 2013 7:40:32pm

Heh, reminds of back in the summer of 2004 when I still lived in Queens and a 450-pund Bengal tiger escaped his circus cage and went for a stroll:

Tiger, Briefly on the Loose, Causes Collision

The tiger strolled across Forest Park and ambled by a surprised, but not easily frightened, Berean Missionary Baptist Church choir picnic.

”He just strolled along, he didn’t bother anybody,” said Deborah Faulk, a choir member. ”I’m thinking: ‘What a pretty animal. It’s my first taste of a safari.”’

According to the choir members, Apollo’s trainer, Cheryl Haddad, tried to stop him once he got out of his cage, but only seemed to chase him across the park.

The cat took the Myrtle Avenue entrance ramp to the Jackie Robinson, where he loped along before cutting through some woods and followed a path up to a hole in a chain-link fence on 88th Lane near Myrtle Avenue. […]

Another account here:

Circus Tiger Escapes And Takes Wild Run Through Forest Park

Apollo, a Bengal tiger, was being transferred from his holding cage to a performance cage when he somehow escaped. He began to saunter away from the circus tents near the George Seuffert Bandshell, across the park and past sunbathers, a choir group and numerous families hosting summer barbecues.

He then loped up the Myrtle Avenue entrance to the Jackie Robinson Parkway, where the sight of the 450-pound cat caused several pileups involving five cars, including one in which Apollo jumped on the hood of an automobile. Five people sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Some people got out of their cars and fled on foot as Apollo scurried across the roadway, with his handlers in tow.

The tiger then left the highway and ran toward the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and 88th Street, where his trainer, Cheryl Haddad, finally caught up with him. Eyewitnesses reported that Apollo seemed to be out of breath after the chase and happily returned to his cage. […]

It’s not easy to shock NY’ers, but I think if I’d passed him in the park it definitely would’ve gotten my attention. Can you imagine? And what about him jumping on the hood of a car?? You’re driving along the Jackie Robinson Parkway in NYC, then all of a sudden you see…wait…wut?…is that an effing TIGER? *screech, crash, tiger jumps on hood of your car…* WTF? *thud*

I lived about a mile from where he was finally caught Good thing he didn’t stay on the parkway very long.

5 ProTARDISLiberal  Sun, Jun 2, 2013 7:47:55pm

re: #4 CuriousLurker

Only in NYC.

Sounds like a fun place.

6 Major Tom  Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:41:19pm

re: #4 CuriousLurker

Great story


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