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The internet's favorite runaway llamas are retiring from public life

The internet's favorite runaway llamas are retiring from public life



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It's been over a month since Llama 1 and Llama 2 stole our hearts during a glorious high-speed chase through Sun City, Arizona. Now it looks like the furry celebs — whose names are Kahkneeta and Laney — have had their last taste of sweet, sweet fame. The USDA contacted the llamas' owners soon after the chase, saying they needed a license to showcase the animals at public events, The Guardian reports. And the owners, Bub Bullis and Karen Freund, are not happy about it.

Bye llamas

"They just totally destroyed everything I had planned for my retirement," Freund told The Guardian. "We’ve taken [the llamas] to schools before. Now they’re telling me I can’t do anything, even like a photo shoot."

The USDA requires any warmblooded animals being displayed in public or used in educational presentations to be licensed with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Certain animal exhibitors, like those in state fairs or animal preserves, are exempt. Kahkneeta and Laney, however, are not. Bullis and Freund have since attempted to contact the USDA, but because all correspondence must be done in writing, they've given up, The Guardian reports.

Next month, the llamas will retire to a farm in Chino Valley, Arizona. Until we meet again, you beautiful creatures.