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Runaway alpaca briefly snarls traffic in Borough Park

October 11, 2018 Associated Press
Photo via Jacob Kornbluh's Twitter account
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Traffic in Brooklyn was briefly held up by an alpaca that escaped his handlers and strolled down the borough’s streets.

Video of the incident shows the alpaca crossing the street while an onlooker shouts “runaway llama!” The New York Post reports the animal is actually an alpaca named Alfalfa.

Alfalfa’s owner Peter Jager says the animal was brought from his farm home in Connecticut as part of a Jewish education program for kindergartners and first-graders. Alfalfa was part of a visual education display alongside animals like goats, ducks, chicks and a sheep.

Jager says Alfalfa was only loose for about five minutes, saying the trick to catch an alpaca is to walk it into a corner and not scare the animal.

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