Japan prepares for zebra outbreak with a fake zebra

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Japan prepares for zebra outbreak with a fake zebra

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Tokyo Japan - On the outskirts of Tokyo, staff at Tama Zoo grab their nets, sticks and radios as they prepare for a worst-case scenario, evacuating visitors and announcing that a wild animal is on the loose after an earthquake enable it to escape.

Luckily, these staff on Friday (February 1) were participating in a drill and looked to capture one of their own employees who wore a zebra costume and wandered around the park.

The drill is designed to train staff how to react in the event of earthquake that lets an animal out. While the costumed zebra employee is significantly slower than the real thing, Park Director Naoki Tabata said that the event was to raise staff's awareness.

The zoo has been holding training scenarios like this since 1980 when the exercise used a goat to stand-in for a lion, although every time since then, humans have taken the role of the escaped animal.

The whole exercise lasted about an hour and involved over 50 staff along with local emergency workers before the escape zebra was "tranquillized" and finally caught.

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