Thursday, February 04, 2016

Zoo held drill in preparation for zebra escape during earthquake

A zebra has escaped from its enclosure in a Japanese zoo, giving one keeper a heart attack and injuring another, or that was the apparent outcome of a drill aimed at dealing with runaway animals.

The zebra, actually a zoo staff member dressed up in a furry suit, supposedly bolted from a cage at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo after an earthquake destroyed its enclosure.

It then wandered around before ramming into a wall and sending a keeper to hospital with a heart attack. After injuring another keeper, the zebra was subdued with a fake stun gun and bundled on to a nearby pickup truck, as curious zoo visitors looked on, laughing.

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“The zebra is an animal that easily panics,” said Yumi Tamura, 27, who dressed as the zebra but usually cares for gorillas and monkeys. “I myself felt panicky when acting it out,” she said. “Every year, a keeper plays the role of an escaping animal,” said an Ueno zoo spokesman. “They know how the animals would act.”

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