as... Security Guards ?!?!
We appreciate that llamas are versatile but this
came as much of a surprise to us as it probably does to you! We
discovered this use of llamas courtesy of an article in a Chicago
newspaper, "The Courier News", of 27th April 2001.
Well, there surely can
be no better testing ground than Chicago...
N.B if any visitor
to this page is a cartoonist we would love to post an illustration of
this role on this page!
Llamas could lose
their jobs as security guards
Weed-eating llamas could
be made redundant after 10 years working as security guards in Chicago.
Rolf Wittich, president
of Ameropan Oil Corporation, originally recruited the animals to trim
grassy areas round a storage building.
But he discovered they
also scared off burglars.
He says the premises
haven't been burgled once since the llamas arrived, despite years of
Now strict city
regulations could mean the animals have to be removed. The regulations
govern whether businesses can keep animals generally requiring special
City officials said they
will now determine how the llamas are used before deciding whether the
rules have been broken, reports The
"Since we've had the
llamas, we've had zero burglaries at our installation," said Mr
Ricardo Munoz, one of the
city's aldermen, is backing the company.
"Here's a business
owner that has safely figured out how to maintain his property and he's
been doing it for 10 years," he said.
"As long as there's
no animal cruelty involved and it's an industrial area, I would be more
than willing to help him continue with his operations."