Zoo Security Drills: When Animals Escape

In some zoos in Japan and China, staff members perform regular security drills to practice their response to a large animal escape by using costumed zookeepers as the fugitive animals. Individuals in furry costumes or pairs in full-size mockups of larger animals run through zoo property, sometimes inflicting mock injuries, as fellow zookeepers work to surround, subdue, and recapture them. [22 photos total]

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A policeman pretends to administer an anesthetic shot to a zoo staff member dressed as "Tigger" during a drill practicing for the possibility of tigers escaping at Chengdu Zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/China Daily) #
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A tiger looks at zoo employees carrying Tigger on a stretcher during a tiger escape drill in China's Chengdu Zoo on June 2, 2011. (Reuters/China Daily) #
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A zoo employee dressed in a snow leopard costume takes part in a drill to practice what to do in the event of an animal escape at the Tama zoo in the western suburb of Tokyo on February 10, 2015. About 70 zookeepers participated in the annual drill. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A zoo employee dressed in a snow leopard costume falls to the ground during an escape drill at the Tama zoo in Tokyo on February 10, 2015. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A zoo employee checks the effectiveness of a 'tranquilizer' on an employee wearing a snow leopard suit during a drill at the Tama zoo in Tokyo on February 10, 2015. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Zoo employees place a net over an employee wearing a snow leopard suit during a drill at the Tama zoo in Tokyo on February 10, 2015. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Staff take part in a preventive exercise against animal escape at a zoo in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, on April 17, 2013. (Reuters/China Daily) #
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Japanese children run from employees of Ueno Zoo inside a life-size rhinoceros replica in Tokyo, on February 26, 2004. This was a part of an earthquake disaster drill, preparing for possible animal escapes. (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images) #
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Ueno zoo workers try to stop a running rhino replica during a drill to prepare the park to deal with a situation in which an animal escapes from its enclosure in Tokyo on February 26, 2004. During the annual exercise, the rhino escapes from its cage and "injures" visitors and zoo workers as it roams through the park and is finally shot with a tranquilizer gun and captured. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao) #
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Employees of Ueno Zoo try to capture an escaped replica rhinoceros on February 26, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images) #
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Veterinarian Tatsuko Hara holds her anesthetic gun over a "captured" papier-mache rhinoceros in Tokyo on March 9, 2003, following a special earthquake drill conducted to prepare Ueno Zoo employees in the event a large animal goes amok during an earthquake. (Reuters) #
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Staff take part in a preventive exercise against animal escape at a zoo in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, on April 17, 2013. (Reuters/China Daily) #
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A zoo worker pretends to shoot a tranquilizer dart at another worker dressed as an orangutan as part of an animal escape drill at a zoo in western Tokyo on February 27, 2007. (Michael Caronna / Reuters) #
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Zookeepers hold a net to capture an animal keeper dressed in a gorilla costume during a drill at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on February 6, 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A zoo employee dressed as an escaped gorilla pretends to attack a zoo warden during a training exercise at Ueno Zoo on February 21, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. (Koichi Kamoshia/Getty Images) #
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A mock gorilla is captured by zoo workers during a drill in Tokyo on February 21, 2006 to prepare the Ueno zoo to deal with a situation in which a ferocious animal escapes from its enclosure. (Yuriko Nakao / Reuters) #
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A mock gorilla wrapped up in a net is captured by zoo workers during a drill in Tokyo on February 21, 2006. (Yuriko Nakao / Reuters) #
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Staff take part in an exercise to prepare for animal escape at a zoo in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, on April 17, 2013. (Reuters/China Daily) #
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A zoo staff member dressed as a zebra performs in a drill to practice what to do in the event of an animal escape at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo on February 1, 2013. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A zoo staff member dressed as a zebra falls over after being "shot" by a tranquilizer gun during a drill at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo on February 1, 2013. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A zookeeper checks a zebra-dressed man after being 'tranquilized' during a drill at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo on February 1, 2013. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Zookeepers transport a zebra-dressed man after being 'tranquilized' during a drill at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo on February 1, 2013. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #

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