AN alpaca posed no threat to public order but threatened some workers' lunch when it escaped from its paddock on the outskirts of Kerang last week.
However, it "posed" for photos with two police officers who witnessed it wandering at large.
Constable Chandler Phelan and Leading Senior Constable Phillip Lloyd were conducting a routine patrol last Tuesday when they came across the animal.
"As we were patrolling Richardson Street, we saw the rogue alpaca trying to get a bite of the pies some workers were trying to eat," Constable Phelan reported.
"As we pulled up, the alpaca came straight up to the police van. We contacted the ranger and got out of the van to have a look at it while we waited," she said.
"The alpaca was very friendly and came right up to me. It even started nibbling on the sleeve of my shirt.
"Once the ranger arrived he found an unlocked paddock. I began walking towards the paddock and the alpaca walked beside me the whole way."