Have you ever wondered what would happen if a lion or other ferocious animal escaped the zoo? Like, how would the zookeepers and staff react toward keeping visitors safe? Do they have a plan in place?
It’s a scary thought and this week the internet brought you the answer. While humorous, this video shows how Japan zoo practices for such a disaster. Toby Zoo located in Ehime takes the safety of their visitors seriously. Annually they create an elaborate “escaped lion” drill. This includes mimicking a loose lion and stopping him with air guns and nets. But that’s not all. The lion? It’s a guy dressed in a furry costume.
Have a peek…
Tobe Zoo in Aichi conducted a lion escape drill today.
Note the expression on the actual lions faces.
— Spoon & Tamago (@Johnny_suputama) June 22, 2019
Note that this is a drill is a mandatory event in case this happens in real life, but the internet couldn’t contain their amusement!
Especially with the real lions watching the scene unfold.
Because they’re all like…
The lions in the back: https://t.co/3QlHftgBao pic.twitter.com/4c4F6AW9gA
— SnowflakeSmasher86 (@identikit__) June 22, 2019
“Seriously guys… you think that’s gonna stop us?”
Those lions were like pic.twitter.com/0VlcPQHRmD
— Rowan Crook (@RowanCroook) June 22, 2019
“Because naw… just naw…”
Actual lions:”Yeah, that will work.”
— Ron Greenberg (@rsgnyc) June 22, 2019
“Btw… roar… or something…”
Lions are like “what in the hell is this?” pic.twitter.com/NFiI1RNkpb
— ? Countess Grey & Garden ? (@countgreygarden) June 22, 2019
But yeah, these people know exactly what they’re doing. Sure…
We used to have them as well without the suits and would sometimes forget who was playing the lion ?
— Gloria (@TrulyGloria) June 22, 2019
I suppose if wearing a lion costume gets the job done, then I’m all for that!