9/21 UPDATE 12:02 p.m.: A male llama found wandering near Lake Elsinore is looking for its owners – or perhaps a new home.
According to John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services, the animal was found near El Toro and Red Gum roads in unincorporated area on the Lake Elsinore border. The camelid was discovered in the area a little over a week ago by a family that lives in the area. The residents took the animal in and posted fliers throughout their neighborhood, hoping an owner would come forward, Welsh said. No one did.
“The family really tried hard to get the pet reunited with rightful owners,” Welsh continued.
The llama has now been turned over to animal services, and Welsh explained there is a hold period to give the rightful owner enough time to retrieve him.
"[The] llama is in not facing any limit on its stay; after the hold period we are certainly going to do all we can to find him a permanent home," Welsh said.
The animal's age has not been determined, he is a bit on the small side, and appears to be fairly good-natured, Welsh said. The llama is being housed at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter located at 6851 Van Buren Blvd. in Jurupa Valley. For more information, call 888-636-7387.