The Nanaimo RCMP say they helped recover a lost Alpaca that went on a “late night unescorted jaunt” earlier this week.
Three-year-old Chewy was spotted wandering on the road in the South Wellington area, just south of Nanaimo, around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Mounties say they found the alpaca just as it was headed for the highway.
“Sure enough, the officers found Chewy on Highway 19 checking out the lights and sounds and seeming to enjoy himself,” said Mounties in a release Friday.
“While it may have been fun for him, there was much concern for his safety and well-being.”
It took an hour for police to corral Chewy back to his home by using police vehicles to shepherd him down the street.
Eventually, the alpaca was reunited with its “extremely worried but grateful owner” around 3 a.m., police say.
The owner told police they believe Chewy may have been frightened by something and hopped over the fence that surrounds their property.
“All in all, with a little creativity, the incident was successfully dealt with and the officers now have a good story to share with their workmates,” said Reserve Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.