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Car accident in Florida: one alpaca injured


Rodrigo Cokting
Staff writer

Monday, June 3, 2013, 3:29 -

Car crash on the I-75 leads to four alpacas trapped, one with a broken leg.

On Monday, an accident on a Florida segment of the I-75 led to an uncommon situation for emergency personnel: rescuing four alpacas from an overturned trailer. 

The crash injured one of the four alpacas, Calamity Jane. The unlucky animal suffered a broken leg. Paramedics were able to strap the alpaca to a stretcher before moving it to safety. 

The injury is believed to be caused by the other three alpacas falling on Calamity Jane. However, Sonoma, Oreo and Cookie Crisp escaped the car accident unharmed. 

The hurt alpaca was treated by a vet and was able to walk by Monday evening. 

Traffic was backed up for an hour and a half while officials did their best to rescue the animals and clear up the scene. 

The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries at Charlotte Regional Medical Centre. 

Local animal control officials said they were happy that the alpacas remained in the trailer, as rounding loose animals on the I-75 can be very difficult.

While usually indigenous to South America, Alpaca farms in North America have become very common due to the high demand for their fiber (Image: Joan van der Meer)

While usually indigenous to South America, Alpaca farms in North America have become very common due to the high demand for their fiber (Image: Joan van der Meer)

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