A happy ending today to a month long search for a missing llama on top of Pikes Peak. A beautiful day on top of Pikes Peak brought Tracy Ducharme and fellow llama enthusiast, Mike, and their llamas Shasta and Dancer. "He's feeling pretty peppy in the trailer there," says Tracy Ducharme.
All to find a baby llama lost in the wilderness. "We are looking for a lost llama. He's a white yearling," says Ducharme.
Shasta and Dancer were equally as important in the search. "They have monocular vision, so they process from each eye, separately, so they are looking down here and up there at the same time," says Ducharme. There was positive news early in the day. "We've had a sighting today, which is encouraging," says Ducharme.
But it was hard to find a young white llama in the snow and rugged terrain. "Nope, false alarm," says Ducharme. After a couple of those Tracy found what she was looking for. "Yeah, we got a baby llama," says Ducharme. And the baby llama now has a name. "I dubbed him Homer," says Ducharme. And that's because Ducharme says he's been on an odyssey of sorts, this last month. Also, Ducharme says the llama is healthy but there are signs of frostbite on his ears, so they may need to be removed.
But what is still a mystery, and probably will remain mystery, is just how the llama got up there. Ducharme is not sure if someone dumped the animal up there or if it just got loose from its herd.
Ducharme is going to contact some other llama owners to see if they want to take care of Homer.