The fake polar bears and lions dive deep into their character roles, mauling zoo employees at random before running off
Aside from actually letting a potentially dangerous animal out to practice getting them back in their cage, testing it out on someone in an animal costume seems like the next best thing.
In a series of videos that have gone viral, employees of the Tobe Zoological Park in western Japan can be seen attempting to safely capture a series of people — dressed as escaped animals — as they roam across the zoo grounds.
This is how Japan trains— Yoshihiro Watanabe (@crazynabe) June 24, 2019
for lion escape at the zoo.
Look at the attention to the detail. Even the lions are in awe. pic.twitter.com/JaDWOmexfG
The fake animals dive deep into their character roles, walking around aimlessly but cautiously, and even occasionally mauling a zoo employee and running off. The “injured” employees stay on the ground until they’re taken away to an emergency vehicle to be revived.
Most of the drills end the same way: zoo employees surround the animal with a makeshift fence, and the animal (again, which is a person in a costume) is tranquilized, dramatically falls to the ground, is netted, and taken away.
According to The Mainichi in Japan, the zoo is in an earthquake-prone area, which increases the risk of enclosures being damaged and animals getting out.
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