Every February the staff at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo get attacked by rhinos, zebras, and gorillas. The whole thing is very orderly—it’s part of the zoo’s annual Escaped Animal Drill, which helps train staff for emergency situations such as earthquakes and other natural disasters.
During the drill, zoo employees climb into papier-mâché rhino costumes, two-person zebra outfits, and fluffy gorilla suits. As they attempt to storm the gates and wreak havoc on the streets of Tokyo, their colleagues deploy giant nets and wrestle them to the ground. It’s a spectacle enjoyed by many, including school kids and tourists. Some zoo workers really get into the performance, playing dead or feigning injury to heighten the drama. Though big sticks and tranquilizer guns are involved, no one gets genuinely hurt.
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