VIDEO: A pair of alpacas escaped their enclosure and wandered around a California neighborhood for over two hours

Rescue alpacas Boogie and Woogie
Rescue alpacas Boogie and Woogie. Tobias Riday
  • A pair of alpacas escaped from their farm and wandered the streets of Oakland Saturday.
  • They were returned to their owner, Tobias Riday, about two hours later.
  • “This was a wild alpaca chase,” Riday told Insider on the phone.

A pair of alpacas roamed the streets of Oakland after managing to escape from their enclosure on Saturday.

The father-son duo — Boogie and Woogie — wandered around the city for two hours before they were returned to their owner, Tobias Riday.

Riday told Insider on a phone call that they escaped by pushing through a closed fence that he forgot to lock the night before. 

Boogie and Woogie — who are both rescue alpacas — stand about five feet tall and weigh around 250 pounds (113kg), according to Riday. He said that while they are peaceful and harmless animals, they can run “pretty fast.”

Neighbors, friends, California Highway Patrol, and Animal Control all pitched in to find the alpacas.

“The whole ordeal was only like two and a half hours, but it felt like a lifetime,” Riday said.

Riday said that his furry friends are now safely back at his urban farm.

“Do you know how they say there’s a ‘wild goose chase?'” he said. “This was a wild alpaca chase.”

He added that Boogie, who is 10-years-old and brown, is a single dad to 3-year-old Woogie, who is white. Riday said Boogie is on the lookout for his lady alpaca. 

“We’re really picky. We just haven’t found his match,” Riday said.