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The Amazing World Of Zoo Drills, With Humans Dressed As Escaped Animals

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This is both hilarious and makes total sense. Just like everyone else, zoos have to practice for emergencies. And zoo emergencies include escaping animals. Problem: You can't just release a real animal for a drill. Solution? Fellow employees dressed as animals.

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All photo credits: Getty Images/Koichi Kamoshida

Here are two such drills — more can be seen at the Atlantic, where we learned about this — held at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. First up, an escaped monkey from a February 21, 2006 earthquake drill:

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And here's an escaped rhino — which looks like it took a lot of work to build — from a February 26, 2004 drill:

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Here's a picture from the Cairns Zoo in Queensland, just after the zookeepers foiled the Ewok wombat's attempt to dig an escape tunnel. According to them, this wasn't the first time she'd tried to make a getaway. I'm not sure how well-drilled they were, but after an hour-long struggle, the keepers won in the end.