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Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 11:49 GMT
Pet llama dies after hounds scare
A pet llama from south Devon has died after being frightened by hounds from the local hunt.

The animal was in a field in the village of Aveton Gifford when the incident happened.

A vet was called after hounds from the Modbury Harriers frightened the llama which died later of a heart attack.

The owner of the llama and the Harriers have agreed to settle the incident between themselves, but local people are upset.

'Difficult to handle'

Parish council vice chairman Stephen Harding said: "I have received several calls from villagers.

"It's outrageous that the dogs were allowed to frighten a pet like this.

"The dogs should have been kept under control."

Patrick Lucas, acting master of the Modbury Harriers, said: "The llama suffered injuries, but how, we are not sure.

"Llamas are known to be very protective and can be difficult to handle."

He said that the hunt and the owner of the llama had come to an agreement on compensation.

Police said they had not received any complaints about the incident two weeks ago.

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