Carbondale firefighters rescue alpacas from stalled elevator

A very up and down day for a couple of alpacas after they're trapped inside an elevator in Carbondale
Published: Nov. 17, 2022 at 4:06 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2022 at 5:39 AM CST
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - A southern Illinois fire department recently helped with an unusual rescue.

According to the Carbondale Fire Department, they rescued alpacas from a stalled elevator on Thursday, November 17.

They said the “victims” were from Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch in Makanda, Ill.

“Called 911 and said hey we got alpacas stuck on the elevator...I can only imagine what the dispatcher was thinking,” said Morgan Stevenson, owner of the alpacas.

According to Stevenson, they were filming a TV segment and the studio is on the second floor.

They said they took two of their younger alpacas on the elevator “because alpacas don’t do stairs.”

“They were on the second story and we thought well that’s fine, an elevator is similar to a trailer, we can take our two alpacas, they asked us to bring animals,” explained Stevenson.

The ride up was ok, but on the ride back down to leave, they said the elevator stopped working.

Two alpacas were rescued from a stalled elevator and then had to be carried down two flights of...
Two alpacas were rescued from a stalled elevator and then had to be carried down two flights of stairs.(The SPIEL/Growing Media)

Luckily, a man was waiting on the first floor to film them getting off the elevator and heard their yells. That’s when Stevenson called 911.

Cody Eubanks was one of the firefighters who responded and help open the elevator doors.

While this wasn’t their typical rescue, he was prepared.

“I was warned when we were opening the elevator doors that alpacas may spit so I made sure to keep my eye protection on,” said Eubanks. “Our procedure today was the same today as it is any other times with subjects in an elevator, so we did the same thing as usual, except one of us was handed a leash of an alpaca and here you go, haha.”

Despite the “drama,” the ranch said alpacas Boomer and La Bamba were not harmed.

Two alpacas were rescued from a stalled elevator and then had to be carried down two flights of...
Two alpacas were rescued from a stalled elevator and then had to be carried down two flights of stairs.(The SPIEL/Growing Media)

They were carried down the stairs.

Two alpacas were rescued from a stalled elevator and then had to be carried down two flights of...
Two alpacas were rescued from a stalled elevator and then had to be carried down two flights of stairs.(The SPIEL/Growing Media)

Morgan Stevenson and Judy Hoepker said, “We saw the better side of something that could of been very scary.”

If you would like to see Boomer and La Bamba, the ranch in Makanda is hosting “Christmas with the Alpacas” on Saturday, November 26. Click here for details.