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Earl the llama, recovering in St.Landry Parish

Posted at 10:05 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 23:30:17-05

Earl the llama is back in St. Landry Parish after deputies say his owner shot him three times after he attacked her.

Stacey McKnight and her staff at St. Landry Animal Control are nursing the llama back to health.

“The basics were just to make Earl extremely comfortable and to start vast scheduling of x-rays to know the extent of damage earl was looking at to see could these wounds be treated,” McKnight said.

The x-rays showed Earl was shot three times and one of those bullets is still in his neck.

“There is one bullet lodged in his neck that is causing a lot of issues down the line. As it begins to heal, as he begins to heal, the pressure from the bullet further into the neck, into the actual bone and at that point we may have to take another course of action,” McKnight said.

For now, Earl is making himself at home and learning about his new surroundings. He is now adapting to life after his tragic event. McKnight says Earl still has a long road of recovery ahead of him, and she and her staff are doing all they can to make sure he is comfortable.

“At this point its really still day to day. We are going to monitor his care and wounds. We have to address the wounds daily and keep ointment on them, and keep him on an enriched diet that’s conducive to what he is,” McKnight said.