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'No Drama Llama' offers comfort at Portland anti-racism protests

Lyra Conley hugs Caesar McCool at the site of ongoing protests against police violence and racial inequality in Portland, Oregon, August 6, 2020. In Portland, where anti-racism protests have sometimes turned violent, the furry llama stands out from the crowd to bless demonstrators and law enforcement with soothing hugs.

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Lyra Conley hugs Caesar McCool at the site of ongoing protests against police violence and racial inequality in Portland, Oregon, August 6, 2020. In Portland, where anti-racism protests have sometimes turned violent, the furry llama stands out from...more

Lyra Conley hugs Caesar McCool at the site of ongoing protests against police violence and racial inequality in Portland, Oregon, August 6, 2020. In Portland, where anti-racism protests have sometimes turned violent, the furry llama stands out from the crowd to bless demonstrators and law enforcement with soothing hugs. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool talk to a supporter of President Donald Trump at the site of ongoing protests in Portland. The six-year-old "No Drama Llama" has become a fixture in the city, extending his wooly neck to nuzzle both Black Lives Matter activists and law enforcement officers in body armor lining up to take selfies with him.

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Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool talk to a supporter of President Donald Trump at the site of ongoing protests in Portland. The six-year-old "No Drama Llama" has become a fixture in the city, extending his wooly neck to nuzzle both Black...more

Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool talk to a supporter of President Donald Trump at the site of ongoing protests in Portland. The six-year-old "No Drama Llama" has become a fixture in the city, extending his wooly neck to nuzzle both Black Lives Matter activists and law enforcement officers in body armor lining up to take selfies with him. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Protesters share a moment with Caesar McCool. The former Argentine grand champion show animal, standing 5 feet 8 inches at about 350 lbs, is unusually friendly for a llama, making him a natural peacemaker, said his owner, Larry McCool, who runs the Mystic Llama Farm in Jefferson, Oregon.

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Protesters share a moment with Caesar McCool. The former Argentine grand champion show animal, standing 5 feet 8 inches at about 350 lbs, is unusually friendly for a llama, making him a natural peacemaker, said his owner, Larry McCool, who runs the...more

Protesters share a moment with Caesar McCool. The former Argentine grand champion show animal, standing 5 feet 8 inches at about 350 lbs, is unusually friendly for a llama, making him a natural peacemaker, said his owner, Larry McCool, who runs the Mystic Llama Farm in Jefferson, Oregon. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Federal officers take a break from their duties to greet Caesar McCool. Caesar may not speak, but knows more than you think, McCool said. This was clear on June 9 when about 5,000 people laid down or knelt at bridge near downtown Portland for nearly nine minutes of silence to honor George Floyd, a Black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck. "Caesar stood there, motionless, just like this. He understood the moment. He understood the importance of what we were doing," McCool said. "(He) did not move an inch that whole time."

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Federal officers take a break from their duties to greet Caesar McCool. Caesar may not speak, but knows more than you think, McCool said. This was clear on June 9 when about 5,000 people laid down or knelt at bridge near downtown Portland for nearly...more

Federal officers take a break from their duties to greet Caesar McCool. Caesar may not speak, but knows more than you think, McCool said. This was clear on June 9 when about 5,000 people laid down or knelt at bridge near downtown Portland for nearly nine minutes of silence to honor George Floyd, a Black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck. "Caesar stood there, motionless, just like this. He understood the moment. He understood the importance of what we were doing," McCool said. "(He) did not move an inch that whole time." REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Rebecca Laudarji takes a selfie with Caesar McCool in front of a memorial for Black Americans killed by police. Caesar guides everyone to a higher path by showing up at various social justice rallies, McCool said, as the therapy llama posed for photos near the memorial. "As intense as the public is, the protesters and the federal agents and the marshals, ... he actually can defuse that very much. That's his whole purpose."

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Rebecca Laudarji takes a selfie with Caesar McCool in front of a memorial for Black Americans killed by police. Caesar guides everyone to a higher path by showing up at various social justice rallies, McCool said, as the therapy llama posed for...more

Rebecca Laudarji takes a selfie with Caesar McCool in front of a memorial for Black Americans killed by police. Caesar guides everyone to a higher path by showing up at various social justice rallies, McCool said, as the therapy llama posed for photos near the memorial. "As intense as the public is, the protesters and the federal agents and the marshals, ... he actually can defuse that very much. That's his whole purpose." REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool greet a driver in a McLaren at the site of ongoing protests. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool greet a driver in a McLaren at the site of ongoing protests. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool greet a driver in a McLaren at the site of ongoing protests. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Duke Mitchell hugs Caesar McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Duke Mitchell hugs Caesar McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Duke Mitchell hugs Caesar McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool is guided by handler Larry McCool to the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is guided by handler Larry McCool to the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is guided by handler Larry McCool to the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool is photographed in front of a memorial for Black Americans killed by police. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is photographed in front of a memorial for Black Americans killed by police. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is photographed in front of a memorial for Black Americans killed by police. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool share a moment at the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool share a moment at the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool and his handler Larry McCool share a moment at the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Duke Mitchell hugs Caesar McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Duke Mitchell hugs Caesar McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Duke Mitchell hugs Caesar McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool greets a protester. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool greets a protester. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool greets a protester. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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A bridge operator hugs Caesar McCool while he's guided home by his handler Larry McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

A bridge operator hugs Caesar McCool while he's guided home by his handler Larry McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

A bridge operator hugs Caesar McCool while he's guided home by his handler Larry McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool is guided across the Hawthorne Bridge by his handler Larry McCool to the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is guided across the Hawthorne Bridge by his handler Larry McCool to the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is guided across the Hawthorne Bridge by his handler Larry McCool to the site of ongoing protests in Portland. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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Caesar McCool is guided home by handler Larry McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is guided home by handler Larry McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Caesar McCool is guided home by handler Larry McCool. REUTERS/Nathan Howard
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