Peculiar pets taking up residency at San Antonio shelter

Llama rescued by San Antonio Animal Care Services. (Courtesy: WOAI/NBC Newschannel)

SAN ANTONIO (AP/KXAN) — San Antonio’s animal shelter has seen a recent influx of exotic animals, including a llama, a potbellied pig, horses, chickens, rabbits and quail.

Lisa Norwood, spokeswoman for Animal Care Services, says “This is a different population than we’re used to of dogs and cats. It’s taxing on staff members and indicative of a larger problem.”

The llama, named “Como te Llamas” arrived Saturday after police got a call that it was holed up behind a business, the pig, named Cinderella, was found wandering Sunday. On Tuesday, animal officers rounded up a group of nine horses in one area and found the 10th running in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Norwood said the llama and pig, housed in side-by-side outdoor pens, have become buddies and talk to each other through the fence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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