Jumping off a truck on the way to auction led Burt the Alpaca to his forever home

By: Charlotte Helston
Photo: By Charlotte Helston / iNFOnews.ca
Photo Caption: Burt the Alpaca at his one-acre pasture in Armstrong.

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 ARMSTRONG - After jumping out of a transport truck on his way to auction and making a break for it on the highway two years ago, Burt the AWOL alpaca has traded in his runaway hooves for quiet life on an Armstrong farm.

You might remember the story: a crazy alpaca hopped off a truck on the way to Valley Auction in Spallumcheen and tied up traffic on Highway 97A. He was elusive, on the run, a fugitive. The police were called to reign him in. Eventually, the unusually-marked polkadot alpaca made his way into someone’s yard — on his own accord, of course — and that was that. But there’s an after story.

 Traci Jeeves, the owner of a traffic control company, was on her way to work that day when she encountered the alpaca situation.

“There were cops and the traffic was backed up as far as I could see. Me, being the flag girl that I am, thought ‘what I can do is I can divert him and push him onto the on ramp….’ And then I thought, they’re going to arrest me if I try to do that,” Jeeves says.

She told the alpaca story all day long, and when she got home, it was all her husband could talk about too.

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