Runaway Alpaca Briefly Snarls Traffic in Brooklyn - NBC New York

Runaway Alpaca Briefly Snarls Traffic in Brooklyn

The animal is actually named Alfalfa

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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. (Published Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018)

    What to Know

    • There was an alpaca on the loose in Brooklyn on Wednesday that snarled traffic for a bit

    • Video shows the alpaca crossing the street while an onlooker shouts 'runaway llama,' but the animal is actually an alpaca named Alfalfa

    • The owner of the alpaca said Alfalfa was only on the loose for about five minutes

    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 circulating on Twitter 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.

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    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 after the animal.

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