You're not just working with animals all day, but you also have to know what to do in the worst-case scenario, such as a lion escaping.
How would you know how to handle that? It's not like they'd just run a drill with a man dressed in a lion costume, right?
A video has gone viral showing an escaped lion exercise, complete with a man dressed in a lion costume.
愛媛県立とべ動物園でライオン1頭が脱走したと想定した対策訓練が行われました。オリジナル版は→https://t.co/H2rUiIyIcF https://t.co/fppjleWk8i— 毎日新聞映像グループ (@毎日新聞映像グループ)1561194479.0
On Saturday, the Tobe Zoo in the Ehime prefecture in Japan ran a drill for their employees about what to do if a lion should escape. One employee dressed in a lion costume prowled around the park, as others took precautionary measures.
They escorted guests to safety and put a net barricade around the "animal". Then they drove up in a van and shot the lion with a fake tranquilizer.
Finally, a group of workers wrapped the escaped lion in a net and cart him off.
Almost any still from this video is a work of art.
昨晩アップの「ライオン脱走訓練＠とべ動物園」が国内外で拡散中。試しに４コママンガ風にまとめてみました。やはり「訓練を見つめるホンモノ」が効いています。オリジナル版は→https://t.co/OQtDILPAq7 https://t.co/eNrKkX1SXV— 毎日新聞映像グループ (@毎日新聞映像グループ)1561269950.0
First, there's the ferocious lion...
...then the lion being corralled by the net...
...followed by "poke the lion from the van."
But perhaps the best shot is of these 100% unimpressed lionesses.
The video was shared by Mainichi, a Japanese news site. From there, the video was shared elsewhere online, becoming a sensation.
The viral video grew in popularity, likely from how funny it is to see a man dressed in a lion costume performing the role of escaped lion.
The fact the costume looks so happy only adds to the humor.
Tobe Zoo in Aichi conducted a lion escape drill today. Note the expression on the actual lions faces. https://t.co/azuJYQhLCw— Spoon & Tamago (@Spoon & Tamago)1561209237.0
Despite the work of the zoo employees and the necessary nature of these drills, the fake lion didn't get all the attention. Instead, two real lions watching from the background ended up with internet fame.
Around the time the van pulls up to tranquilize the lion actor, two actual lions take interest and watch the proceedings. They don't look terribly impressed with how easily their representation goes down.
Obviously, those two would have done a much better job.
@barefoot_cas @angiebaermn @Johnny_suputama "My man would put up a fight before getting caught. This is insulting!"— JackCarter99 (@JackCarter99)1561228786.0
@Johnny_suputama Actual lions:”Yeah, that will work.”— Ron Greenberg (@Ron Greenberg)1561216967.0
@Johnny_suputama Those lions were like https://t.co/0VlcPQHRmD— Rowan Crook (@Rowan Crook)1561231464.0
@loweliferae @Johnny_suputama https://t.co/yFHBM2MKeE— xarophti (@xarophti)1561235958.0
Drills like these are usually performed for the employees, with some representation of an escaped animal providing a challenge. One commenter mentioned a unique instance of his zoo catching an escaped "rhino"
@Johnny_suputama I worked in a zoo and can confirm they do these drills like this 😂 one time they did a rhino drill… https://t.co/FNZv3FXzfu— scwab (@scwab)1561212429.0
The Tobe Zoo often performs these drills every year, but this was the first time they decided to hold one with guests present in the park. It's a great way to entertain, as well as show the effort workers put in to making the park safe.
It certainly helps that it was hilarious to watch.
@Johnny_suputama I don’t know what funnier, the man falling on the ground and pretending to be hurt or the lions watching 😂😂— Mercy (@Mercy)1561219702.0
@thekarki @Johnny_suputama This is 100% the unpaid zoo intern 😄— B̸̗̗̤̩̱̟͈̜̔̊ľ̴̡̢̰̙̹͇̰̙̻͋͑͛̋̈́͛̚͝͝ủ̷̙͙eNine (@B̸̗̗̤̩̱̟͈̜̔̊ľ̴̡̢̰̙̹͇̰̙̻͋͑͛̋̈́͛̚͝͝ủ̷̙͙eNine)1561223843.0
@Johnny_suputama I am giggling uncontrollably and on the verge of crying this is so funny.— FGvW is not a "Rich Fuck" you can manipulate (@FGvW is not a "Rich Fuck" you can manipulate)1561227853.0
@Johnny_suputama @SwissWebMiss *shows up 15 minutes late for shift* *coworkers holding the head of a lion furry sui… https://t.co/7IsdPph4Si— Wilson -🇨🇭Politic & Web (@Wilson -🇨🇭Politic & Web)1561240132.0
Back in 2016, a similar incident was reported on, but became less viral. The Ueno Zoo in Tokyo had their yearly drill with an employee dressed as a zebra.
The zoo employee, Yumi Tamura, told reporters why they picked a zebra over other animals for their test that year.
"The zebra is an animal that easily panics. I myself felt panicky when acting it out."
As much as we laugh at these videos, it's important we know that there are plans in place should an animal get loose.
Or at the very least, they have things handled if sports mascots decide to turn against humanity.
Or a furry convention gets out of hand.
The antics caught on video look like something out of the Dreamworks movie franchise Madagascar. You can get all three films in one set here to enjoy another lion taking over a zoo, a safari and a circus on his way back to the zoo.