From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

James “Buzzy” Steele is having trouble getting around these days.

The 59-year-old Blum resident has had seven heart attacks and is on a waiting list for a heart transplant.

But that’s not what’s slowing him down.

On Sunday, Steele got attacked by a friend’s pet llama while he was tending to 87 goats on property in rural Hill County. Steele is now sporting crutches and hundreds of stitches — his wife said nearly 700 — in his right leg.

As Steele describes it:

“…he grabbed my leg with his mouth and went to jerking on me.”

Thank God his friend Flowers was there!

“I just happened to be on the opposite side of the fence and I happened to have a pipe in my hand,” Flowers said. “I cleared the fence and just started beating on him.”

His wife helped save the day as well:

At first, the wife said, she couldn’t understand what her husband was saying. It sounded as if he said he had been attacked by a lawn mower.

“I thought he said lawn mower,” she said. “He said, ‘No, I got attacked by a llama and I’m bleeding pretty bad.’ The llama had grabbed his leg and was shaking him around the pasture.”

Finally, the owner’s wife defends the wayward llama:

“My grandkids rode on his back and did everything with him,” she said. “I have always heard they were spitters, but he never spit on anyone except for my sister — and if you knew my sister, you would understand why he spit on her.”

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