PORTLAND, Oregon – The state of Oregon is known for its numerous activists and its innovative and progressive laws, but its most recent protagonist is an unusual character: a llama known as Caesar.
Born four years ago in Argentina, Caesar The No Drama Llama participates in rallies that advocate for civil rights and supports both progressive candidates and causes, all thanks to the help of his social media coordinator, Ariel Knox, and three personal assistants who work as the animal’s personal PR team.
“We have a group of supporters for him,” owner Larry McCool told EFE.
“Caesar is very socially active, he’s a very liberal llama, so he understands the causes that he represents,” McCool said.
The llama engenders feelings of cuteness and mutual affection in those who attend the rallies, similar to the sentiments a dog and its owner share.
As a regular pedestrian on Portland’s streets, Caesar accompanies McCool to many of his daily appointments, always walking with calmness as if he was any another household pet.
The pair’s activism began in September 2018 to support the political campaign of local Democrat Bill Burgess, who was running for Marion County clerk. It was then that Caesar’s current team got together and began supporting causes and candidates with few resources by acting as a charitable organization.
“I want to make it clear that we don’t charge, what we do is at no cost. We go to schools, nursing homes and parades just to show our support,” McCool said.
A normal day in Caesar’s life takes place at Mystic Llama Farm in Jefferson, Oregon, where he spends part of his time with his 20 stable-mates from the Andean region.
The farm is part of the Llama Fiber Cooperative of North America, led by McCool, a member-owned agricultural cooperative specializing in the making and marketing of llama fiber products.
Caesar’s team hopes to share the love and affection that the animal is able to inspire by allowing others to take selfies with him and by spreading love through hugs, at least during the potential remaining 16-or-so years of his life – taking into account that a llama can live up to 20 years.
In addition to their political activism, McCool and Caesar visit places such as schools and nursing homes to spread cheer.
Caesar’s most recent appearance took place on Sunday at the Women’s March in Portland, where the South American animal and his owner demonstrated their support for the fight for equal rights for women, which McCool said is a big problem today that deserves everyone’s full support.