Practicing what can happen when an animal escapes its enclosure can be quite a funny experience. Visitors of a Japanese zoo got to witness a person in a bear costume lead zoo workers on a chase through the park to simulate a real animal escape.
The Asa Zoological Park held an animal escape drill, which involved a zoo employee wearing a bear costume running loose throughout the zoo. The park, located in Hiroshima, Japan, had workers pursue the imitation bear and work together to protect visitors as if a real bear had escaped from its enclosure.
The scenario being acted out for the drill involved a bear that escaped during an earthquake when the disaster caused a tree to fall and gave a male bear a way out of its enclosure. This is a scenario that could potentially happen with the increase in natural disasters occurring because of climate change and Japan’s location in the world.
A video of the drill was shared online, which showed staff using barricades to corner the bear. They then simulated the process of using tranquilizer darts to subdue the animal and return it to its enclosure safely.