Police Capture Lamb On The Lam In Metro-East

The "mystery lamb" of Fairview Heights.

The "mystery lamb" of Fairview Heights.

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The mystery lamb of the southern Illinois city of Fairview Heights has been captured.  

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the creature had appeared several times in a neighborhood north of Interstate 64.


Police were called repeatedly. But each time, police Officer Ben Hester says it was "just like a ghost. Gone.''  

Earlier this week, residents cornered it in a fenced yard. Hester and another officer coaxed it into a shed, but the lamb bolted.  

Hester tackled it. And then he took it home to rural Madison County and will keep it if no one makes a claim.  

A sheep named Winston and a llama named Lewis welcome the new addition.  

If it's female, Hester says he'll name her Clarice, for the lead character in the movie, "The Silence of the Lambs.''

Story source: AP