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Fake zebra escapes in Tokyo zoo drill

Staff at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo practised capturing a runaway zebra – or rather, a zookeeper in a zebra costume – as part of an annual drill to prepare for the event of animals escaping in a disaster scenario.

A mock giraffe at the Japanese zoo tries to escape
A mock zebra at the Japanese zoo tries to escape. Image by PA

In this year’s mock escape, a zebra ran from its enclosure following an earthquake, staff assembled with a large net, one zookeeper feigned a heart attack, and eventually the zebra was tranquilised and captured. Runaway-animal drills have previously made the headlines in Japan, with Tama Zoo last year using a staff member dressed as a snow leopard. Read more: theguardian.com

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