FLEMING ISLAND, Florida — What an animal!
Cops in Florida are hunting for a man who dumped bags of junk food on a field where a young alpaca gorged on it and died from overeating.
The Creekside Animal Hospital in Fleming Island says a man driving a blue car had been leaving food for the animals for weeks and that they had asked him to stop.
But late last week, he left two boxes of animal crackers, a large bag of Doritos, two boxes of Cheese Nips and two bags of whole peanuts.
Hospital officials say the young alpaca gorged himself on the peanuts and developed endotoxemia, or bacterial toxins in its bloodstream. “The little guy just didn’t know any better,” the hospital said.
“We worked on him for 36 hours and just couldn’t bring him back,” the center said.
Officials say they will likely move the remaining animals to a different location because they worry the man in the blue car might return.