Sources said the recently deceased original owners of the llama farm lavished attention on the animals and gave them all names. The donation to CSU was included in a will. The university caretakers were reportedly forced to evacuate in a hurry in front of the flood waters, like so many others in the drenched foothills regions.
University officials are still unable to reach the farm and are weighing what to do with the animal carcasses once they are recovered.
Surreal dispatches from across the Connecticut-size flood zone continue to surface. Mounds of displaced mountain-clay dust and branches pile up around Boulder’s high-tech business office spaces. Flapping fish flicker on hillsides. Remnants of farms and forests spread across sink-holed highways. Landmark man-made lakes, where generations of children have learned to swim and fish, have been drained by broken dams and now appear as unrecognizable red-clay fields.Chris Murphy. Bottom shot of Lyons by Lauryn McDowell via Flickr ]