Japanese Zoo Animal Escape Drills Are Hilarious

In some zoos in Japan, staff members perform regular security drills to practice their response to a large animal escape by using costumed zookeepers as the fugitive animals. Individuals in furry costumes or pairs in full-size mockups of larger animals run through zoo property, sometimes inflicting mock injuries, as fellow zookeepers work to surround, subdue, and recapture them. As you can see from the pictures below, it looks hilarious!

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

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Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

Animal escape drill in a Japanese zoo.

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  1. Herlofsen June 28, 2019

    Where is PETA when you need them!? Or was it FIFA? I get confused.

  2. Anonymous June 29, 2019

    I am moving to Japan if there are applications open. For any of the runaway animals.

  3. I'm Just Sayin' June 29, 2019

    Sadly, two of the impersonators had to be put down.

  4. Anonymous June 30, 2019

    Guess the Japanese can’t do ANYTHING without making it so “cute” you want to barf.

  5. Anonymous July 1, 2019

    End the discrimination against Furries!

  6. LOUISE LANGBERG September 27, 2019

    Poor Tigger…was just trying to score Pooh some hunny!

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