By: Erin McGoff
Animal zoo escapes are rare here in the United States, only happening about five times a year. However, when an animal does get on the loose, the zoo keepers need to know how too wrangle them.
But how can zoo keepers practice wrangling a wild animal without actually letting a wild animal free? Zoos usually have a written protocol, but in practice catching a rogue animal is easier said than done. Remember when the black and white llamas escaped a assisted living facility in Arizona? Just llamas were a struggle, imagine if it was a lion or cheetah!
Well, the Tokyo Zoo has created it's own system of capturing animals on the loose... and it involves a staff member and a zebra costume.
Okay, maybe not exactly like that, but pretty close. In this drill, a staff member dresses up and runs around the street like a zebra would. The rest of the staff practices herding capturing the "zebra" in a net.
This annual drill may seem silly at first, but it is actually good practice if an escape ever were to happen.
This annual drill has become a spectacle to the locals. People crowd around and take photos of the peculiar procedure.