Alpaca headed to Armstrong auction makes a break for it

A great chase ensued May 21 when an alpaca hopped off a truck on the way to Valley Auction in Armstrong.
Image Credit: Contributed/ Alisha Mills

ARMSTRONG - A runaway alpaca caused quite a scene in the Armstrong area Thursday.

It jumped out of a truck while being unloaded at Valley Auction, off Highway 97 in Spallumcheen, and made a break for it, May 21.

“The little fellow takes off on us,” Valley Auction owner Don Raffan says. “At one point he was walking right down the highway.”

A group of people attempted to catch him, but the elusive alpaca always remained one step ahead of its captors, Raffan says.

Police received a number of traffic related calls about the alpaca, Const. Karla Ivany says. Officers managed to coral it into a yard at one point, but it escaped again, fleeing into the Tolko plant.

Eventually, it was on the alpaca’s own accord that the chase concluded. Raffan says it walked into a woman’s yard about a mile away and is now contained in a fenced area.

“He’s happy where he’s at. He’s got some feed and water. They don’t mind him being there right now,” Raffan says.

It’s not the first time an animal has escaped at Valley Auction, nor the first time police have been contacted about a runaway. Const. Ivany says there was a similar incident last year.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

—This story was edited at 3:30 p.m. May 22 to change the photo. 

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