You’ve heard of Snakes on a Plane? Get ready for the llama on a tram drama.
As reported by The Independent, five French teenagers were recently arrested after they kidnapped a circus llama named Serge and took him on a tram tour of the city of Bordeaux.
As you may have already guessed, the five French youths were reportedly intoxicated at the time.
According to the police report, Serge was abducted by the teens in the wee hours last Thursday morning after a night of drinking in Bordeaux, known worldwide as France’s wine capital.
Apparently the five were staggering around aimlessly when they happened upon a closed-down circus.
“We went in and played with the animals,” a youth named Mathieu told French broadcaster BFM TV. “We ended up taking a llama with us.”
The foggy five’s original plan was to take a zebra, but the striped creature was too stubborn to join the party, so they settled for the much more amenable llama.
“It walked with us like a good dog would have,” Mathieu said.
Naturally, the group posed with Serge and took pictures to capture the memory. They then took him onto the Bordeaux tram system, where their plans hit a snag after passengers reported the llama’s presence to a ticket inspector.
“He moved along the tram and we couldn’t get hold onto him,” Mathieu said. “The inspector made him get off and tied him to a lamppost.”
At that point, the teens said goodbye to their new friend and left Serge with the tram official.
Although the group was picked up soon after by police and transported to the local constabulary, they will not be charged for their caper. If anything, the tipsy quintet is being lauded by the French media.
First covered by the online newspaper The Daily Dot, the llama drama has spread to just about every media outlet in France. There’s even a Facebook page demanding clemency for the teens that has generated more than 700,000 likes.
Moving from the ridiculous to the sublime, a French singer named Serge Lama (no relation) has even risen to the group’s defence (and scored some pretty good free publicity in the process).
“It’s a joke that ended well,” Lama told BFM TV. “We’re so used to seeing unfunny things whereas this has helped break the ambiance of moroseness. That’s what we need right now.”
And what about the real Serge? The llama suffered no ill effects from his outing and performed his usual routine at the circus the following night. At last check there was no word on whether Serge plans to keep in touch with his new friends.