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  Llama drama as pets save farmer
Updated 23 October 2003, 10.51
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A herd of llamas took an injured man hostage, to 'protect' him from paramedics trying to help him.

Farmer Graham Bailey, 72, tripped in a rabbit hole while feeding the six-foot beasts. They surrounded him, keeping ambulance crews away.

Eventually they were scared off by an air ambulance helicopter. "The ringleader Milo stirred the others up," a spokesman said.

Mr Bailey usually uses the llamas to guard his sheep from foxes and dogs.

Very protective

He's just as protective of the four animals, Bertie, Milo, Horatio and Felix, as they are of him.

"They take their job very seriously so I wasn't surprised when they came to protect me," he said.

Bailey, from Kettering, Northants, was taken to hospital, where he was treated for a fractured hip.

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