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Rescued Spirited Llamas Adapt to Fresh Start at Pasado’s Safe Haven

Llamas saved from neglect case

The team at Pasado’s Safe Haven is aiding a group of wooly companions from Yakima County, responding to the sheriff’s request to rescue nine llamas facing severe neglect.

In Monroe, Washington, Pasado’s Safe Haven is actively assisting a herd of llamas following a call for help from the county sheriff to intervene and save nine llamas from a distressing situation.

After the rescue operation, five llamas were transferred to the Olympic Peninsula Llama/Alpaca Rescue, while the remaining four found refuge at Pasado’s Safe Haven for some much-needed care and attention.

“When a llama’s ears are in different positions—one back and one forward—it indicates they are attentively observing their surroundings,” mentioned Syd Lukheart, an Animal Caregiver at Pasado’s Safe Haven.

The llama crew, now residing at Pasado’s, is creating quite a stir with their unique behaviors and interactions.

Describing one of the llamas, Lukheart shared, “He communicates using spit, especially with his companion Shaggy.”

The four llamas that were rescued from Yakima County and are currently recuperating at Pasado’s exhibit spirited personalities.

“At present, our focus is on improving their health and nutrition by identifying their favorite foods,” explained Lukheart. “They particularly enjoy llama green and fermented hay.”

Following a period of adjustment, the rescued llamas are revealing their individual characteristics and temperaments.

“Shakira has quickly formed a bond with us,” Lukheart remarked, referring to a llama featured in a photo wearing a purple blanket.

Among the group, Shakira is known for her gentle nature, while Lenny acts as her vigilant guardian, always watchful and protective. A picture of Lenny accompanies the description.

Shaggy, a chocolate-brown llama, is noted for his hearty appetite and punctuality during mealtimes, whereas Ace, distinguished by brown markings on his face, is regarded as the playful troublemaker and escape artist of the group.

Recalling the rescue mission, Lukheart shared an anecdote about Ace’s adventurous spirit, highlighting his resilience and endearing personality.

The Animal Cruelty Investigations Director, unable to disclose her identity due to an ongoing inquiry, revealed that the llamas were discovered in a state of neglect, lacking proper shelter and adequate nourishment.

Describing the distressing scene, she mentioned, “The property was strewn with hazards like debris, sharp objects, and other dangers that posed serious risks to the farm animals.”

Animal caregivers observed that many of the llamas had sustained injuries from attacks by local dogs, with some animals having tragically lost their lives or offspring in these encounters.

Despite the grim circumstances, the llamas are now on a path to recovery and rehabilitation.

Shakira has undergone shearing, and plans are underway for grooming sessions for the male llamas, although convincing Lenny may prove challenging due to his temperament.

To ensure a safe grooming experience for Lenny, experts recommend sedation, considering his potential resistance to the process.

Pasado’s Safe Haven offers opportunities for individuals to support the llamas and other animals at the sanctuary, as well as information on animals available for adoption.

While the llamas may be ready for adoption by summer, the focus currently remains on their gradual adjustment and well-being at the sanctuary.

Witnessing the llamas’ progress, particularly their comfort during feeding times, signifies significant strides in their recovery journey, as noted by Lukheart.