French llama goes galavanting

When we promise to give you the A to Z of Criminal Law, from arson to zebras, we didn’t expect to be writing a post on a llama.  But here we are.

Meet Serge.  A circus llama.

Image credit: Twitter/@x_cappelaere

Serge was abducted by a group of five French teenagers, who, it seems, had had a little too much vino and thought Serge needed a bit of excitement of an evening.  They found Serge in a closed-down circus and set about taking him on a tour of Bordeaux, via the city tram system.

“We went in and played with the animals,” one of the teens told a local TV channel. “We ended up taking a llama with us.”  As you do.

The Independent report that the group had intended to take home a zebra (which would have been an excellent story for our A to Z here at UK Criminal Law Blog) but the zebra proved unwilling.  The group then discovered Serge, who proved  perfectly willing to be given a guided tour around the city.  The tour would have continued but for some disgruntled passengers who didn’t like the look of poor Serge, and reported his presence to a ticket inspector.

“He moved along the tram and we couldn’t hold onto him,” said one of the group “The inspector made him get off and tied him to a lamppost.”  Seemingly the group hadn’t thought to buy Serge a ticket and so left him, high and dry, with the ticket inspector.

The group responsible were arrested, but were not charged with any offences arising from the incident.  Serge is now back, safe and sound, with the circus.

More on the story, including some rather amusing video footage, can be found here.


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