All in favor of replacing internet cats with llamas, say “aye!”

This is the latest mania on the internet: a couple of llamas were filmed running free on the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

I don’t understand it, I just mindlessly parrot the meme.

If this prompts a run of llama jokes in the comments, I will regret it.


  1. grumpyoldfart says

    Ratbags with stretched out hands running in front of the llamas. What were they trying to do? What did they think the llamas would do? Recognize the signal and stop dead in their tracks?

  2. nich says

    You need to keep up with your internet manias. The real question is…are the llamas white and gold, or brown/black and blue?

  3. rq says

    On twitter, it was brought to my attention that these llamas broke free soon after the decision on net neutrality was publicized. Obviously, that can’t be a coincidence.
    Also, I hope both llamas were treated equally as criminals, regardless of the colour of their fur.

  4. bassmike says

    Maybe I’m not seeing the funny side at the moment. But all I see are two very scared creatures in serious danger of hurting themselves and possibly others. Excuse me if I don’t laugh at their expense.

  5. karmacat says

    How about cat-llama hybrids. They could be llamas that hide in boxes. Or cats chasing llamas.

  6. nich says

    bassmike@9: Awww come on now. Yeah the llamas were probably scared. Yeah there were some close calls. But both llamas were captured safely. I REALLY doubt if it ended badly non-assholes would find it funny and we can chuckle at the situation while at the same time wondering what doofuses let them escape in the first place. In fact, I think when people say they are laughing at the llamas, what they really mean is they are laughing at the doofy humans being outwitted by a pair of llamas on live television.

  7. rq says

    I’m all for the superiority of llama intellect when faced with a bunch of scared, helpless humans who don’t know what to do.

  8. says

    Liking the way it was modern day cowboys that finally brought the llamas to a standstill. They really should have had some herd dogs as well.

  9. What a Maroon, oblivious says

    Over 40 years after the filming of the Holy Grail, Earl J. and Mike Q. Llama are thwarted in their attempts to travel to Hollywood and jumpstart their film career.

  10. ledasmom says

    Am I the only one who thinks the black one looks more like an alpaca? Smaller, fuzzier about the head?
    I wonder how they transported it, having caught it. I wouldn’t think a pickup would work well with a llama. My mother once drove an alpaca to someone’s house, a several-hour drive, with the alpaca lying down in the back of her car. She had to put a sign in the window reading “I’M AN ALPACA” because people were kind of staring. Llamas have a somewhat livelier disposition.

  11. says

    Since llamas are grazers and would most likely respond to an occasional food treat, I’m amazed that not a single human pursuer thought to try to entice them with food. Back in our “horsey” days, when our appys decided to go for a neighborhood run, the first thing we did was to put some grain in a plastic bucket. A little shake of the bucket (held at arm’s length to one side) brought the wayward critters close enough to slip on a bridle, after which we just led them home.

  12. says

    From Jack Hanna: The llamas weren’t too worried about what happened if they got hurt in all their capering. They had O’llamaCare.

  13. unclefrogy says

    one of the things that always stands out in these confrontations of people and unexpected animals running around in cities is the usually total lack of understanding or familiarity with animals. It illustrates just how out of touch we have become with the natural world.
    As Paul indicated by contrast.
    uncle frogy

  14. Lady Mondegreen says

    The one-L lama,
    He’s a priest.
    The two-L llama,
    He’s a beast.
    And I will bet
    A silk pyjama
    There isn’t any
    Three-L lllama.

    –Ogden Nash

  15. Esteleth, RN's job is to save your ass, not kiss it says

    Lady Mondegreen:
    Ogden Nash was wrong. A three-L-llama is a fire in Boston.

  16. says

    @41: In a volume of Ogden Nash I cannot locate on short notice (our household library being of Pratchettian proportions and organization, if not quite the same degree of magical hazard), there is a footnote to that poem, in which the author laments that he has since been informed “that there is a type of conflagration known as a ‘three-alarmer'”.

  17. rwgate says

    Eamon @ 21- Sun City, on the west side of Phoenix, is where all the old Minnesotans come to die. After they thaw out….

  18. chigau (違う) says

    bassmike #14
    It’s not just you.
    That whole thing was completely repulsive.
    Fucking city people.

  19. chigau (違う) says

    That bit at 1:20 ish, where the black one ran full-tilt into the chain-link fence

  20. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    Oh gad, I cringed every time they ran in between cars.

  21. Holms says

    Hilarious? Whatever butters your muffin, but I was referring more to the fact that yourself and some others were complaining about ‘fucking city folk’ not being very good with livestock, and not having a bucket of grain handy. Why on earth would you expect that? ‘Out of touch with the natural world’? Jesus christ, some people!