I’m having some fun around here this past week. First of all, a friend told me about this article in the local paper. (Let’s see if it copies, shall we?)
Dolly the llama still homeless in Holly Township despite rescue efforts
HOLLY TOWNSHIP, MI — Phone calls and emails have been pouring in for Bob and Kathy Kuzma ever since a Thursday, Nov. 14, Flint Journal article about their concerns for a llama that has been wandering their neighborhood for the past six months.
A farm in Clio has offered willing to pick up Dolly while a couple in the northwest lower peninsula has offered her a new home on their 30-acre spread.
Two women from Swartz Creek came out Sunday, Nov. 17, and got Dolly squared away in some temporary digs near the Kuzmas’ home.
“They got Dolly confined in a smaller fenced in area and put food in a shed by the green barn next door to us,” said Kathy Kuzma. “Dolly came and ate the food. It is a female llama.”
Kuzma said the women advised her to eave Dolly in the confined, safe space so it may eventually accept someone’s help without being skittish. Kuzma asked that people not agitate Dolly, run after the animal or it will get frightened and run away.
An attempt by Dr. Thomas Pytel, a Goodrich veterinarian, to tranquilize Dolly was made on Thursday but it was unsuccessful. Previous attempts to corral Dolly by Benchmark Alpacas, a farm in Goodrich that raises and breeds the llama’s relative, ended in similar results.
“I have done all I can for Dolly. I am not a llama history buff and have no means to capture it,” said Kathy, who is continuing her search for the Dolly’s owner. “I just wanted to save it.”
HOORAY! It copied. Ok, I posted that hooray in caps so you could see where the article ends. Hmm….let’s put a line across the bottom of the article, too. So, I heard about Dolly, the llama, on Monday, Nov. 13th. Monday afternoon I walked out of work and my cell started ringing. It was my next-door neighbor. She says “I think one of your alpacas got loose.” I told her I didn’t have alpacas yet, but had she heard about the roving llama? No. Well, apparently it was on the back of our property.
I told her I would be home in ten minutes. I grabbed some cracked corn and hay and headed out into the field. There was Dolly, all inquisitive. Listening as I talked and talked to her and rattled the food scoop. I got within 50 feet of her. Then she ambled away. I wasn’t about to scare her, so I loudly told her I was leaving the food and left it. As soon as I walked back to our back gate she was headed for the food.
I didn’t see her again until yesterday. I was walking the dogs back by the fence and there she was, lying in the grass just watching us! I took the dogs back in the house and got corn and hay. This time she let me get within 20 feet of her. I tried to casually walk behind her to get her through our big back gate but no dice. She walked by me at a safe distance. Again I put the food down, talking all the time and left. She started to eat.
Today I looked for her all morning. It wasn’t until late afternoon I spotted her at the very back of our property. Probably 1000 feet back. (Property is long and narrow….330 feet by 1550 feet). I grabbed a metal feed pan and a huge scoop of Sweet Feed which I had bought today and headed out. I went to the place I left the corn yesterday. I hollered at her….she was a long way off but I could see her ears were aimed at me. Then I loudly left the food and came inside. It took her an hour to walk over, but once she did she was planted by the feed pan for the evening. I am going to move the pan closer to the gate and I have some Caution Tape that I might be able to tie to the gate itself and then walk waaaaay out around her to sort of herd her into the yard. We shall see what happens.
How fun is this, though? I have a stray llama. If I can catch her I can keep her….the goat shed only has chickens in it, and the goat yard would be perfect for her. If any owners show up they can have her, but according to the article she’s been wandering for months.
I took pics today.
Look at Orion’s rump. Then look up directly above it, into the golden grass waaaaay back behind the fences. The dark brown spot between the flowering crab tree and the fence post is Dolly. And here is the close-up.
Ah, isn’t life fun?