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.
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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. Lord give me the commitment of a guy they forced into a polar bear costume going full method during an escape drill at a zoo pic.
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The fake animals dive deep into their character roles, walking around aimlessly but cautiously, and even occasionally mauling a zoo employee and running off. 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.
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Look at the attention to the detail. Even the lions are in awe.
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A zoo employee dressed in a snow leopard costume falls to the ground during an escape drill at the Tama zoo in Tokyo on February 10, A zoo employee checks the effectiveness of a 'tranquilizer' on an employee wearing a snow leopard suit during a drill at the Tama zoo in Tokyo on February 10, Zoo employees place a net over an employee wearing a snow leopard suit during a drill at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo on February 10, Staff take part in a preventive exercise against animal escape at a zoo in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, on April 17, Japanese children run from employees of Ueno Zoo inside a life-size rhinoceros replica in Tokyo, on February 26, This was a part of an earthquake disaster drill, preparing for possible animal escapes.
Ueno zoo workers try to stop a running rhino replica during a drill to prepare the park to deal with a situation in which an animal escapes from its enclosure in Tokyo on February 26, During the annual exercise, the rhino escapes from its cage and "injures" visitors and zoo workers as it roams through the park and is finally shot with a tranquilizer gun and captured.
Employees of Ueno Zoo try to capture an escaped replica rhinoceros on February 26, in Tokyo. Veterinarian Tatsuko Hara holds her anesthetic gun over a 'captured' papier-mache rhinoceros in Tokyo on March 9, , following a special earthquake drill conducted to prepare Ueno Zoo employees in the event a large animal goes amok during an earthquake.
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A zoo worker pretends to shoot a tranquilizer dart at another worker dressed as an orangutan as part of an animal escape drill at a zoo in western Tokyo on February 27, Zookeepers hold a net to capture an animal keeper dressed in a gorilla costume during a drill at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on February 6, A zoo employee dressed as an escaped gorilla pretends to attack a zoo warden during a training exercise at Ueno Zoo on February 21, in Tokyo.
A mock gorilla is captured by zoo workers during a drill in Tokyo on February 21, to prepare the Ueno zoo to deal with a situation in which a ferocious animal escapes from its enclosure. A mock gorilla wrapped up in a net is captured by zoo workers during a drill in Tokyo on February 21, Staff take part in an exercise to prepare for animal escape at a zoo in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, on April 17,