Zoo hosts hilarious lion drill with a person in a mascot costume

Zoo hosts hilarious lion drill with a person in a mascot costume

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We know that zoos need to have strict safety checks but one in Japan has come out with an interesting way to plan for a lion escape.
Obviously they can’t use a real lion so they got someone to wear a lion mascot outfit and to play out all the scenarios they might face.
The drill, which took place at Tobe Zoo in Ehime, was filmed by a local news agency.
The video shows the lion wandering around the zoo before staff put up nets around it to try and catch it.
At one stage, the lion runs into a zoo staff member, knocking them down.
The staff then drive past the lion and shoot an air dart at it, causing it to fall to the ground before staff try to lift it.

The lion mascot runs around the zoo (Picture: Twitter)The most amusing scene is probably the real-life lions in the background silently judging from afar.
Turns out zoos in Japan actually have held drills in a similar way for other animals.
One previously held a ‘rhino drill’ with two members of staff wearing a rhino suit and marching around until they are hit with a tranquiliser dart.
There’s also been leopard drills, polar bear drills, tiger drills and a zebra drill.
Staff really get into character, playing dead if the mascot manages to get them.
After the lion video was posted on Twitter, the internet has fallen in love with the concept.

Lions are like “what in the hell is this?” pic.twitter.com/NFiI1RNkpb— Angie Baer (@angiebaermn) June 22, 2019

“They got something else coming if they think we would fall for this” pic.twitter.com/TNGiZFMERs— Matt Henry (@MattHenry92) June 22, 2019

One laughed: ‘The lions look straight-up offended.’
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Another pointed out that they let the lions watch the entire emergency plan.
‘I’m not sure that’s the smartest move,’ they said.
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