Offices across the country ground to a halt Thursday afternoon when the very important news broke that there were llamas on the loose -- and there was a live stream. Police officers and residents of Sun City, Arizona, struggled to catch the animals, one black and one white, as they ran down sidewalks and into streets. They stopped traffic and evaded capture for about 45 minutes until they were both lassoed. The llamas are now back with their owners, ABC15 reported.
The chase started when the llamas escaped during a demonstration near 103rd Avenue and Grand Street. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office posse members tried to box the llamas in with their SUVs but failed, according to the Arizona Republic. That's when bystanders -- and bored employees on computers everywhere -- got involved.
BuzzFeed put up a "Which Runaway Llama Are You?" quiz. The Washington Post dedicated five reporters to the news. Even Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., had a comment on the llamas: "I'm sure they're Democrats," he told International Business Times. "They look like Democrats."
Twitter users began weighing in on the situation, as well. Many took shots at TV anchors Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly, who have recently come under fire for misremembering big news events. Others posted references to the 1991 film "Thelma and Louise" about two women who take a wild road trip together, or wrote about the llama Tina from the 2004 comedy "Napoleon Dynamite." A growing group of Internet users questioned whether the llamas had been correctly identified -- what if they were alpacas?
Here are a few of our favorite Twitter jokes about The Great Llama Chase of 2015. Some are based on pop culture, some are punny and some just plain irreverent. See below:
And with the first pick in the draft, the @TBBuccaneers pick the white llama.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 26, 2015
— landon cassill (@landoncassill) February 26, 2015
Report: White llama was struggling with self esteem issues after Napoleon Dynamite called it a "fat lard"
— Mahatma Greezi (@DeeGreezy) February 26, 2015
— Jamie Kelly (@JamieSportsTalk) February 26, 2015
— Michael Letterle (@mletterle) February 26, 2015
@julianbarnes Llama had no known connections to ISIS. Appears to have self-radicalized.
— NORAD & USNORTHCOM (@NoradNorthcom) February 26, 2015
Left llama > left shark.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) February 26, 2015
"So, llama week, right?" — Real thing that just got said during an emergency Discovery channel all-hands staff meeting
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 26, 2015
And, for a very brief moment, we all were llamas. #llamawatch
— Joe Dunman (@JoeDunman) February 26, 2015