Mysterious attack claims lives of 6 llamas near Kentucky zoo

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 10:29:42-05

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities believe a "large animal" is responsible for an attack that killed six llamas on a farm near a zoo in Kentucky.

Louisville Llama Farm owner Caroline Willette tells the Courier Journal she awoke Monday morning to blood and tufts of wool spread around her property. Five llamas were found dead with bite marks behind their ears and by their flanks, while a sixth was put down because of injuries.

At least two other llamas were injured. She says the attack caused at least $10,000 in damage.

Willette doesn't believe coyotes were responsible for the attack, as llamas are good at defending themselves and one of the animals killed weighed 500 pounds.

The farm is behind the Louisville Zoo, but zoo officials say they're unfamiliar with the attack.