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Arizona llama that became an Internet sensation was born in Bellingham

JNK Tobias's Kahkneeta, born Sept. 11, 2009 at JNK Llama Farm in Bellingham, is the white llama that became a viral sensation in February after running away from her owner in Arizona. Her father and mother still live on the Bellingham farm.
JNK Tobias's Kahkneeta, born Sept. 11, 2009 at JNK Llama Farm in Bellingham, is the white llama that became a viral sensation in February after running away from her owner in Arizona. Her father and mother still live on the Bellingham farm. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

One of the llamas that galloped across the Internet that week was born and raised in Bellingham, according to Jeff and Niki Kuklenski of JNK Llamas.

JNK Tobias's Kahkneeta was born Sept. 11, 2009 on the Bellingham farm and her parents still live there. She is the white llama that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community Feb. 26 and caused a stir on social media.

The llamas reportedly were spooked as they were being unloaded from a trailer at an elder care facility, where they are used as therapy animals.

Television footage showed Kahkneeta and a smaller, black llama running through the streets (and manicured lawns) of Sun City, Ariz. They escaped several attempts by Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies and bystanders to round them up before they were roped into custody.

Their televised break-out quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags including #LlamasonTheLoose.

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