Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fake zebra keeps Tokyo zookeepers on their toes

Keepers at a Tokyo zoo have been honing their skills in a drill aimed at capturing animals on the loose, in case of a big earthquake.

Alarms were raised at Ueno Zoo after two keepers in a zebra costume broke free from the animal's pen, and 'injured' two staff and a visitor.

Some 150 zoo workers, policemen and ambulance crew played their part, wearing hard hats and wielding sticks and nets in an attempt to capture the escapee.

The fake zebra finally fell to a fake tranquiliser gun.

Every year the drill features different escaped animals, such as gorillas, lions and even rhinoceros.

Zookeepers in Japan have only had to deal with three escapees in the last 40 years.

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