Just outside of Spanaway there are many homes with large properties that have llamas as pets and many of them are now checking their shot records after 4 people in Morganton GA were exposed to rabies by a pet llama. A llama with rabies is fairly uncommon but with wild life coming closer to town this time of the year it’s a chance that many people are not willing to take. Llamas are typically calm and docile animals, which is one of the reasons that so many people choose this exotic animal as a pet.
Officials in Morganton Georgia say a that veterinarian was called out to the home on Dec. 28 because their pet llama was showing unusual signs of aggression and doing strange things like biting and spitting at its owners. These behaviors were so odd for the llama that the owners knew right away that something was very wrong. Sadly, the llama had to be euthanized and sent to a lab for testing.
The owners of the llama are receiving treatments after being spit on by the llama. However, one of the owners who came in contact with the llama was not exposed to the disease and will not need to be treated. Officials in the area are waiting to hear back from the other 2 people who had been exposed to find out if they were also being treated. Most of the contact the owners and caretakers had with the ill llama was through its spit.