The llamas escaped from the circus on Friday noon. The animals were on the railway tracks and stopped train traffic on one of the railway routes in the center of Vienna for almost half an hour, the APA agency reported.
The tents of the circus from which the llamas escaped were located near the Vienna-Matzleinsdorfer Platz commuter train station. According to Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, spokeswoman for the Austrian state railways OeBB, none of the animals suffered during the incident.
Train traffic has been stopped
The llamas blocked the route at noon on Friday. Several of them walked around the tracks and also on them. All trains running on the four-kilometre stretch between Vienna Central Station and Vienna Meidling station have therefore been stopped, a railway spokeswoman said. – The animals were captured by the circus staff, with the help of the railway services and the police – added Sandra Gott-Karlbauer. She stressed that in Vienna it is rare that trains have to be stopped because of the presence of animals on the tracks. Such cases are more common in the countryside, where, for example, cows wander around the tracks. Recently, in the Pongau district near Salzburg, a brown bear was killed after being hit by a train. The llama incident was followed by criticism from the animal rights association Verein gegen Tierfabriken (VGT).
– For years, again and again, animals escape from this circus. During a local VGT inspection in May, it was found that the barriers were often very poorly made, with simple construction elements, the representative of the association stressed, adding that for safety reasons the authorities should no longer issue permits to circus operators. “With the amendment to the Animal Welfare Act, the federal government is required to ban camels, llamas, alpacas and water buffaloes from circuses,” animal advocates said.
Main photo source: ÖBB