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VIDEO: Deputies corral llama at Athens restaurant

Oconee County sheriff’s deputies say you can’t make this stuff up.

When responding to a report of a “baby camel running loose on Epps Bridge Road,” deputies found a llama about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials lucked out to discover “several llama experts” just happened to be near the Cook Out restaurant in Athens, Chief Deputy Lee Weems said.

They corralled the animal near the dumpster after restaurant employees provided carrots to lure the llama.

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County Commission Chairman John Daniell gave the llama’s owner’s phone number to deputies. He just happened to have it, Weems said.

The son of the llama’s owner arrived in a van and drove the llama home.

“We would like to thank the folks at Southeast Llama Rescue who were on the way to get the llama prior to our locating its owner,” Weems said.

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