Fake tiger escape drill carried out in Japanese zoo

February 24th, 2011 - 2:32 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tokyo, Feb 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Japanese zoo officials wanted to test the reaction of the staff in case a dangerous animal escapes.

They staged a fake tiger escape drill to test the reaction of the staff at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo. They made one of the staff at the zoo don a tiger costume. The fake tiger then run around while other staff members chased him around with guns and nets, presumably to prevent the animal from causing any damage.

The drill lasted for about an hour and a video of the drill have been posted on the Internet. The man in the costume is 26-year-old Shuhei Yamaguchi who had the unfortunate ordeal of playing the Siberian tiger because he lost a card game.

The drill mimicked what would happen should one of the dangerous animals escape after a natural disaster like earthquake. More than 70 members of the zoos staff took part in the drill. The members with the guns and the tranquilizers obviously didn’t pull their trigger but those with nets used it on the escaped animal. Those with the sticks also used it to restrain the animal from escaping.

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