Monday 24 October 2016

Zookeeper stands in for escaped zebra during emergency drill in Japan

Published 02/02/2016 | 12:11

Zookeepers in Tokyo staged a zebra escape
Zookeepers in Tokyo staged a zebra escape

A zookeeper donned a zebra costume to stand in for an escaped animal during an emergency drill at a Tokyo zoo.

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The escaped "zebra" tore down netted fences and pushed over a zookeeper before it was enclosed by nets and sedated.

A total of 150 staff members, police and the fire department participated in the drill at the Ueno Zoological Gardens.

The Ueno zoo has seen escaped animals in the past - including a panther, elephants and more recently monkeys.

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