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article imageDrunk young men take llama on a tram ride in France (video)

By Anne Sewell     Nov 5, 2013 in Odd News
Bordeaux - A group of drunken young men in Bordeaux kidnapped a circus llama by the name of Serge and took him for a late-night ride on a tram. Apparently the circus director got so much extra business from the incident, he has "nothing against them."
Five young Frenchmen got a little drunk last Thursday night. As they were stumbling their merry way along, they came across a circus animal enclosure and decided to kidnap Serge the llama (who is appropriately named after the French crooner Serge Lama).
According to Sud Ouest they also stole a lion plush toy and a trombone.
5 drunken revelers kidnapped Serge the Llama from a circus and took him on a tour of the town  inclu...
5 drunken revelers kidnapped Serge the Llama from a circus and took him on a tour of the town, including a tram ride.
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They walked him through the streets of Bordeaux and even managed to take him on a tram. However, apparently the tram driver, once he realized he had a strange passenger, notified his employer, Keolis Company, and further up the line Serge was rescued.
The rescuers tied Serge to a lamp post and he was later safely returned to the Franco-Italian circus, while the five young men apparently fled the scene.
5 drunken revelers kidnapped Serge the Llama from a circus and took him on a tour of the town  inclu...
5 drunken revelers kidnapped Serge the Llama from a circus and took him on a tour of the town, including a tram ride.
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However, turns out the police caught up with the pranksters and arrested them, rather appropriately, at Place de la Comedie.
Initially the group was held by the police, and were facing fairly serious criminal charges.
The circus director, Jean Beatour told Sud Ouest that “The offence is too serious. A zebra nearly escaped and we had to run everywhere to catch it.”
However, MYTFI news is reporting (in French) that over the weekend the circus withdrew the charges against the young men, because apparently business boomed after news of the prank got out on YouTube, with everyone wanting to see Serge.
“If there had been damage done in the city by the llama, then I would have had to cover myself. But because there wasn't any, I’ve withdrawn my complaint,” he said.
“[We’ve had] quite a few more people coming to see the circus show over the last few days, due to the incident,” he said, adding “I have nothing against these lads.”
All's well that ends well, and possibly Serge enjoyed his little excursion from the norm too.
5 drunken revelers kidnapped Serge the Llama from a circus and took him on a tour of the town  inclu...
5 drunken revelers kidnapped Serge the Llama from a circus and took him on a tour of the town, including a tram ride.
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